Dating Advice

Our Social Media Addiction Makes Dating Even Harder

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Even if you've been chatting on various dating apps such as Tinder or Zoosk, meeting an actual human being in the flesh is completely different than online banter. The skills that make us good at online communication don't translate into the real world, and "relationships" online can have very little to do with real-life connections.

Bad Relationship Habits Span Generations (But You Can Fix Them)

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

Life will often gift us with an opportunity for deeper self-knowledge through experiences that will produce pain, suffering and despair. These can be great motivators for change if we are courageous enough to actually listen to what life is saying so that we can learn from the lessons at hand.

5 Bad Breakup Mistakes You Want To Avoid

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

If you're unhappy in your relationship and you've tried unsuccessfully to make it work, you're only prolonging your misery by not ending things. People tend to indulge in a lot of false hope that a person or situation will change, but if you've tried and tried and your relationship is no better, maybe it's time to cut your losses and get out.

5 Relationship Types Proving There Really Is Someone For Everyone

Collette Gee | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

As humans we share an innate desire to connect with others. However, not all people seek to connect for the same reasons, or in the same way. Some people choose to connect a little. While some people need to connect a lot.

Practice Unconditional Love This Valentine's Day

Laila Eman | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Living
Laila Eman

Unconditional love is hard, it can be uncomfortable and frustrating at times, but in the end I believe it will be the most rewarding practice you can do for yourself and select loved ones. I say select loved ones, as this type of love doesn't mean to neglect self-care or selfishness.

A Therapist's Guide To Surviving Valentine's Day With Your Partner

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

Over the years as a therapist, I have seen folks muddle through the dating scene and it seems that many are repeating patterns that don't work. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I have developed a few guidelines to help people navigate the dating realm in a healthy and empowering way!

Married After One Date

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

That's right! My husband and I had just one date before our wedding. Wise men say Only fools rush in But I can't help falling in love with you I'd n...

For A Happy Valentine's Day, Forget The Romance

Rachel Scott | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Scott

You heard me. Set romance aside with all of its ideas about candlelit dinners and flowers. Think about what you love to do. Rock climbing? Great! Museum-crawling? Delightful! Let go of the traditional and think outside the box.

Generosity Is An Attractive Quality Anyone Can Fall In Love With

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I fell for my husband the day he took a homeless man to lunch. Before then, my future mate had been a smart, funny, slightly older guy in the CBC newsroom where we both worked. But when I learned about his kindness to someone in need, David became "the one."

These 'Romantic' Gestures In Media Can Be Abusive In Real Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

On TV and in the movies, we see men and women exhibiting terrible behaviours, but the characters on the receiving end most often react as though these actions were reasonable and acceptable, giving the viewing audience the wrong message about how to go about their own relationships.

The Truth And Intention Behind Love And Romance

Karolina Tatarenkova | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Karolina Tatarenkova

Research shows that romance is a powerful and an important ingredient in one's life. In fact, brain scans show that men are activated by romance as strongly as women, indicating that romance applies to BOTH sexes. Surprised? If you are, it's because when it comes to romance, society views women as addicts and men as immune.

5 Ways For Single People To Have More Love On Valentine's Day

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

Even if you feel lonely on Valentine's Day, you can bring more love to yourself and to others. And who knows, with all this love in your heart, you might just attract a new partner into your life in the coming days. Here are five ways to do just that.

Texters, Daters And The Challenges Of Modern Love

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In speaking with numerous women over the past several years, I've heard all sorts of dating stories, and it seems that there are two types of men, these days: men who want to meet in person and men who don't: the daters and the texters.

Dating Dos And Don'ts In The Age Of Jian Ghomeshi

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Today, more than ever, a woman needs to know what to look for on a first date; the things that would make it great, as well as the red flags she should be aware of, in order to be safe.

10 Signs That You're On A Bad First Date

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I've noticed that sometimes, people on a date are miserable but feel compelled to stay until the logical conclusion of the activity, whether it's coffee, a meal or drinks. They don't realize that they're free to end the date at any point if they're not feeling it or if they're not having a good time.

Superficial Small Talk Is Step One To Creating Intimacy

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

It's been my experience, on a personal and professional level, that for real connections to happen, we need to move slowly in our process of opening up. I understand Mr. Boomer's frustration with the unending stream of platitudes he was encountering, but I don't think that going to the other extreme is the answer.

8 Relationship Resolutions Every Couple Should Make

Debra Macleod | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ah, we all love a fresh start, don't we? But between charging up that new Fitbit and vowing to stay on budget, be sure to make a few promises to your sweetheart. Here are eight relationship resolutions every couple should make.

A Broken Heart Can Be Healed Through Introspection

Mario & Diane Cloutier | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Living
Mario & Diane Cloutier

We firmly believe it's possible to find love again after experiencing a major heartbreak, but be forewarned: "possible" doesn't mean "easy." The first obstacle to surmount is fear. This is the most critical roadblock to moving forward and finding love again. Fear is often so dominant that it can crush any new budding relationship before it takes bloom.

Are You Sabotaging Your First Dates?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

A first date can be awkward or enjoyable, exciting or boring, amazing or excruciatingly painful. People are simultaneously putting themselves forward and sizing each other up with everything leading toward the one important decision they need to make: whether or not to have a second date.

4 Personal Laws to Consider Before Starting to Date Again

Mario & Diane Cloutier | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Living
Mario & Diane Cloutier

If you have had one or more serious breakups, your journey to finding your perfect mate will likely require a serious shift. We call this a shift to a "no compromises, no settlements mindset." It incorporates several elements, but we will zero-in on a specific one: your personal "laws."

6 Dating Tips From Around the World

Debra Macleod | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

how to break out of a dating rut? Well, one way is to take a look at the dating conventions and gender interactions that exist in other countries to see whether adding a little international flair to our domestic dating scene might help Cupid land that arrow. Check out the following six dating tips.

Can I Be a Lesbian and Date a Trans Man?

Pega Ren | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

As a sex therapist in private practice, I'm asked all sorts of interesting questions on a regular basis. The following touched on sensitive and important issues deserving of being shared with others. Here's the question. Do you agree with my answer?

I Found My Prince Charming While Dating After 50

BrazenWoman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

My self-esteem post-divorce sucked from being told I was old and that I would never find anyone who would want me. And let's face it, when someone throws you away after 20 years, you tend to think there's some reason why. Then I decided, "Screw him. I'm doing this."

I Dated an Older Man - And Didn't Like It

The Purple Fig | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

I've always had a thing for older men. Whatever it was, unruly chest hair and crow lines did crazy things to me. I eventually dated an older man. He was 12 years my senior with chest hair, a stable job and his very own Manhattan apartment. After nearly four months together, we broke up. But our age difference wasn't to blame.

7 Questions To Ask Before You Start Creeping On Your Ex

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living

Whether you're the dumper or the dumpee, sometimes you just want to know what your ex has been up to. It's natural to be curious, so don't think yo...