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A New Year’s Reflection

Even though I can find it disappointing not to have someone for the holidays, honestly, by the time New Year’s rolls around I’m usually thinking about what’s next, not stressing about what isn’t, in the past year. There’s always something a little exciting about starting over, isn’t there? I know…

New Year’s Resolutions for the Newly Single

If you’re joining a dating site for the first time or after a long hiatus, you’re not alone. This is the busiest online-dating week of the year—and the high traffic will continue until Valentine’s Day. It’s not just that many people decide to make “find a partner” an item on…

7 Self-Inflicted Barriers to Finding Love

Whether you live in a sprawling metropolis or a small town, you know what it’s like to drive down the road and get stuck at a roadblock. Road construction, a washout, or an accident stops you cold and keeps you stuck where you are. It isn’t only on streets and highways…

The Anxious Person’s Guide to Holiday Parties

“It’s only a party!” “Just talk to him!” “It’s not going to kill you!” For the socially anxious, the exasperated pleas of well-meaning friends and family who want you to “put yourself out there” are hard to hear. On one level, you know they’re right—even if that attractive person turns…

10 Comebacks to the ‘Why Are You Still Single?’ Question

Don’t let nosy questions about your singleness catch you off-guard. While it’s none of your great-aunt’s business as to why you’re still single, she’s still likely to inquire. Here are 10 great comebacks to the “Why are you still single?” question: 1. Because you haven’t proposed yet. 2. Just lucky, I guess.…

Single During the Holidays: A Guide to Maintaining Your Dignity

Lately I’ve received several letters from readers who are feeling deeply ambivalent about the upcoming holiday season. They’re planning trips to have Thanksgiving dinner at the homes of parents or siblings, and they’re feeling slightly apprehensive about showing up without a spouse or children in tow. Some are worried about…

How Self-Kindness Leads to Love: 7 Ways to Get There

  You’ve probably heard the phrase “put your own oxygen mask on first,” but how are you really putting this advice into practice? How you treat and feel about yourself directly affects the quality of your relationships. Your relationship with yourself sets the bar for how you allow others to…

‘I’m in My 30s and Have No Dating Experience!’

Dear Sara: I’m 32-years-old and have zero dating experience—like, I’ve been on three first dates. I’m not ugly. I’m actually quite pretty. I am plus-size but not morbidly obese, so it’s not like I haven’t been asked out. I have been. Not a lot mind you. But it’s happened. The…

5 Single Women Share How They Maintain Hope While Dating

For the better portion of my 20s, I’ve been single. And not just solo, but really-really-really-want-to-be-in-a-relationship-crazy-obsessed-single-gal. It hasn’t always been a pretty experience for me, and for several years, I’d find myself completely defeated and disappointed after I went out with yet another guy who I couldn’t picture sharing my…

10 Reasons Your Breakup Just Made Your Life (So Much) Better

  They say you never know a good thing till it’s gone. But when it comes to breakups, there’s another phrase that rings true: hindsight is 20/20. In the aftermath of a messy split, it can be hard to have clarity. So if you need a reminder, here are 10…