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A Reflection on ‘What If This Were Enough’

When I first heard that Heather Havrilesky’s newest book was called What If This Were Enough? I knew I needed to get my hands on it. Heather writes the advice column “Ask Polly” for The Cut and has written another book I enjoyed, mostly made up of those columns: How…

How to Handle Flakes and the Plans They Make

Everyone loves to complain about flakes in dating. You’ll probably come across someone who doesn’t return texts or goes MIA just as you were gaining momentum. That’s definitely disappointing. The bigger grievance? When they attempt to make plans with you. Under no circumstances is not showing up on a date…

4 Things to Address Before Your Next Relationship

When you’re single, you know it’s entirely your decision when you decide to start a new relationship. You choose when you start the next one, yet the kind of relationship you have –the quality of it –depends largely on you. My point is simple. You can start a relationship any…

5 Ways to Tackle Dating Discouragement

Most people who are dating feel discouraged at some point in the process. In fact, it’s normal to deal with feelings of discouragement as it takes time to find a compatible partner and dating can certainly be a challenge. It’s natural to experience a wide range of emotions while dating,…

How to Stop Being Attracted to Someone Who’s Not Good for You

Some say that you can’t control your own attraction. The notion is that we are all wired to be attracted to the types we are attracted to, and we simply need to accept and live with it. What comes to mind is a recent pop song, “The Heart Wants What…

Can’t Help Myself: An Interview with Meredith Goldstein

Meredith Goldstein is the advice columnist for The Boston Globe’s Love Letters, which gives her access to all sorts of stories related to matters of the heart, for her readers. Her memoir Can’t Help Myself is a look at the woman behind the column. I found it funny in places,…

Loving Yourself: 6 Things That Get in The Way

Everything seemed to be okay yesterday. But today you woke up, and suddenly you feel degrees of separation and stress from the changes and loss in your current life situations that is overwhelming you. I get it because I remember experiencing those feelings several years ago. It is not just…

Let Go and Feel Pretty

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Amy Schumer’s new movie ‘I Feel Pretty’. After all, the premise seemed to suggest that women without an ideal body (so, all of us) might need a head injury to appreciate how fabulous we truly are. But, on the other hand, who hasn’t…

‘Women Tell Me There’s No Chemistry. So How Do I Get Some?’

Dear Sara: I’m a 49-year-old guy from Germany. I’ve done online dating now for about a year. In my case, the reason I most often hear from women for cancelling after the first or second date have been the sentences, “Sorry, I don’t feel anything for you” or “There are…