Couples

The Top Ten Rules for Being a Worldly Traveler

Rania Walker | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

My cousin is traveling to Europe with her husband for the first time and a flood of memories and recent experiences prompted me to recall our own learnings over the years. Whether you're traveling near or far, there are some regional tips and general etiquette that all tourists should keep in mind.

A Simple Trick To Improve Your Sex Life

University of Toronto News | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Research showed that couples who spent extra time together reported feeling more satisfied with both their sex lives and their relationship with their partner. The afterglow of post-sex affection proved to be long lasting for couples, with participants reporting higher levels of satisfaction with their sex lives and relationships in a follow-up survey conducted three months later.

How We Brought Our Relationship Back to Life After Having Kids

Sue Nador | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

It is easy not to notice when a relationship is fraying bit by bit. Our relationship seemed fine, and even better than fine. But spending those weekends together made us realize just how much we had missed each other. Our resurrection weekends kept the embers of our relationship burning. It was this yearly injection of passion that kept our love alive during those kid-centred years.

As a Widow, I Miss Touch More Than Sex

Joan Sutton | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

Couples who live together in intimacy take for granted the many times in a day when they touch each other, from bumping into one another in the bathroom, to fingertips brushing over a coffee cup or one cold foot seeking out the warmer one under the blanket.

Revitalize Your Relationship -- Take Our One-Week Challenge

Susan Valentine | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

Want to really rev up your relationship? Even your life? Step it up for our one-week relationship challenge. We challenge you to embrace your relationship as the most important thing in your life. The most interesting thing is that if you and your partner meet this challenge, you'll find your own needs met in a way that doesn't happen when you're both optimizing for yourselves.

Cohabiting Before Marriage Shouldn't Be About Sex or a Ring

AskMen.com | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

I'm not personally a proponent of cohabitation before marriage. If you asked for my advice, I'd tell you not to. There's plenty of empirical research out there to suggest that it might not be the greatest idea. But you don't need to reduce men to sex-starved lunatics (or women to desperate shells who will whither and die if they don't get a ring) to get your point across.

Wish Your Man Understood You Better? Team Therapy May Help

Susan Valentine | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

We put our team therapy approach into action -- three of us working with one client at the same time. Over time we've come to understand why men seem to prefer this team approach to therapy. Not only can we help navigate rough emotional terrain, and get to the root cause, but we can help translate and teach them the emotional language of their spouse.

How to Recover From 'Relationship Trauma'

Susan Valentine | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

You need to see that your partner has suffered too, not from your anger, but from the weight of his or her own actions. If you believe your partner deeply regrets his actions, knows he was wrong, and even feels he violated his own personal standards, you will feel more trusting and open to forgiveness.

The One Thing All Couples Should Do in Bed

Susan Valentine | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

Sure, you may still end up fighting, but it won't be nearly as acute. And haven't you noticed how much easier everything seems when you and your loved one are close? How life feels better? Deadlines seem less daunting, children seem less demanding, and other stressors become more manageable.

The Secret to Why Couples Fight -- And It's Not What You Think

Susan Valentine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Susan Valentine

With our couple, Robyn feels insecure about their connectedness. She wants to feel close. So when he comes home late, she turns that into, "I'm not important. He doesn't care." She feels hurt or abandoned, and that's why she gets upset. On the other hand, Blair needs validation. His sense of identity and confidence are important.

12 Ways to Reignite the Passion in Your Relationship

Susan Valentine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

This may be one of the greatest conundrums a couple can face. How to have a stable and secure relationship, and keep the passion alive? How to become a family (with or without children) and yet remain lovers? We have gathered research, clues, and client feedback for some practical ways to stay hot and heavy.

Six Clever Halloween Costumes for Couples

29Secrets | Posted 12.17.2013 | Canada Style
29Secrets

Halloween is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate than making up a goofy couples costume with your significant other. There are endless possibilities for costumes for two, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Having A Sex Life After Children

Vivien Brown | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

I have three tips that I call the "Three R's of reviving your sex life" and they are great for couples with kids who are looking to regain the sense of freedom they had before children. Although it sounds contradictory to plan for spontaneity, it's real life. Here's my advice.

The Movie to Watch for Long Term Relationship Advice

AskMen.com | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

Relationships are messy, and sometimes love sucks. You won't always be 22 and carefree and riding on a train through Europe, wondering if you should doodle in your journal or take a nap. The movie Before Midnight understands that long-term love never comes easy, and romance isn't always about long walks in a Viennese park.

The Ordinary Moments That Affect Your Sex Life

Trina Read | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada Living
Trina Read

And so it seems the quality of our sex lives hangs in the balance of these ordinary life moments that have little to nothing to do with sex. And just as easily, they can be reconciled and turned around in a matter of seconds. Remember: In these moments it's really up to you and your partner which way you want your relationship to go.

Talk to Your Partner About Sex...and Reap the Benefits

Christine Hart | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Living
Christine Hart

For years, I have been perplexed by how rarely we discuss sex with our partners. I recognize these conversations are not easy for many people. When egos are exposed, you need an even blend of vulnerability and humour but most importantly love and respect for each other.

Couples Work: How to Survive Holiday Gift-Giving

Liza Finlay | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Living
Liza Finlay

Last Christmas, my best friend's spouse bought her a pair of furry, leopard panties -- size XXL. He's never lived it down. But even that unfortunate purchase is eclipsed by a gift one of my clients received from her mate: a pair of nose-hair clippers, sent, with love, from "The Nose Hair Fairy." For many couples, gift-giving is a minefield of potential conflict.

Watching the Watchdog: Maclean's Misses the Mark

Tim Knight | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

You'd have thought Maclean's would have blazoned the death of Section 13 all over its front cover. With a massive headline along the lines of "SCREW YOU, CENSORS!!!" Or "WE WON!!!" Instead, the cover featured a generic picture of an innocuous youngish woman and an innocuous youngish man grinning maniacally and the silly headline: "The majority of us are singles. So why do we still live in a couples world?"

Twinsies: Celeb Couples Who Match

The Huffington Post Canada | Karolina Weglarz | Posted 01.24.2012 | Canada Style

Whether you think it's cute, tacky or just plain cheesy, celebrities all around town are being caught dressing up to match their significant other. Je...

The 'Cruella' Syndrome: Why Do Men Love Mean Women?

Big Think | Posted 12.15.2011 | Canada Living

"Why do men marry mean girls?" Rebecca asks me. She's almost in tears, and my heart aches for her. Rebecca's a beautiful, talented single New Yorker i...

Marriage Proposal After 6 Years: Couple 'Always Knew' They Would Be Together

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada Living

Imagine knowing from the early days of your relationship that your partner was 'the one.' This was the case for a Canadian couple who dated for 6 ...

Aphrodisiacs: 7 Inedible Ways To Spice Up Your Sex Life

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Living

We've heard all of this before: eating chocolate can arouse you, an oyster's zinc has a positive effect on the libido, pumpkin seeds were once aphrodi...

How Having Kids Can Cause You And Your Partner To Fight

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada Living

You're overworked. You're tired. Your kids are driving you nuts, your job is driving you nuts and you feel like you haven't had a lick of “me” tim...