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Love Q&A: Give Us Your Best Relationship Advice

Love Q&A: Give Us Your Best Relationship Advice

We asked, you answered.


Love yourself first before falling in love with anyone else.
— Marisa, 31
Don’t spend time losing yourself in a relationship built on a broken foundation because you’re hoping for what someone *can* be, not what they actually are. You have to accept people for where they are in life at that exact moment, because the only way a person will change or adapt is because they *want* to change or adapt.
— Alex*, 29
 Photo by Megan Weaver

Photo by Megan Weaver

Don’t give out your number to anyone at O’Hare airport. Trust me on this.
— Abby, 30
Love stories aren’t always what you see or what you hear that they should be, but it’s what you’ve experienced together and what is real to you. Often it’s when you go through all the ‘real-ness’ of everyday life side by side, that you discover the beauty of your own love story.
— Sara, 31
Give what you would like to receive in return.
— Alicia*, 31
Being single is a blast. Enjoy every second of it and you will learn so much about yourself and what fulfills you. It will ultimately make you a better partner in the future (if you choose to be in a relationship.)
— Dana, 25
Say ‘I love you’ every morning.
— Carly, 30
The best advice I can give is something I experienced first-hand: Don’t worry about that guy not calling back, or that guy ghosting you, or the relationship that didn’t work out. This is God’s way of making room in your life for someone who is better for you. You just have to be patient! I know it sounds hard, but the relationship that is meant for you will make you realize why all of the others didn’t work out. I promise.
— Tara, 32
Open yourself up to the possibility that the love of your life might not be your ‘type’ at first glance. Happened for me!
— KL, 28
Always listen to your heart, but don’t ignore your instincts. A red flag is a red flag, is a red flag.
— Sarah, 29
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Always be authentically yourself because at some point you’re going to have to show that. Not to mention that it’s so much healthier (and satisfying) to be accepted for who you really are!
— Christina, 32
This is actually a Maya Angelou quote, but I love the advice so much that I use it as my own personal mantra: ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.’
— Kelly* (and Maya Angelou), 31
Do something every day that makes the other person’s life a little easier. It might not be an earth-shattering thing every single day — some days it might just be making them a cup of coffee in the morning — but it makes their wants and needs front and center of your world for at least a small portion of the day. Each day of marriage, or a relationship is a give-and-take, meaning that some days you giving “100%” to your marriage doesn’t always mean the same thing. Some days, that 100% is actually 50%, or 20%. But keeping that idea of doing something to make the other person’s life easier at the forefront of your mind will show that you’re making them a priority no matter how stressed, or hectic life can get. They will appreciate it, and your relationship will be stronger for it.
— Julia, 53
Communication is everything. Communication and trust. Actually, make that three things: communication, trust and sex. Sex is also pretty important. And it’s fun, obviously.
— Carrie, 35
Love without restriction and without fear of failure. Heartbreak in the past has no bearing on your success at love in the future. It can even make the love you experience all the sweeter!
— McKenzie, 25
We’ve all dated guys who sucked. (It’s almost like a rite of passage, right?!) But don’t punish your current or future significant other for the actions of those who hurt you in the past. Love yourself through it, and let it go.
— Sam, 27
Create traditions in your marriage. Like maybe every fall you take a romantic long weekend away together, or every anniversary you write them a love letter. It doesn’t have to be huge. It just adds a layer of special-ness that only you two share.
— K.B., 26
Some of the best, most fun, and sexiest nights with [my boyfriend] are the unplanned, impromptu things we do together. Netflix and chill turns into a nerf gun war, or the walk after breakfast turns into browsing record shops. Don’t get so caught up in “doing something” all the time. Sometimes the best plans, are no plans at all.
— Kelsey, 30
Make time for date night. And make time for your girls, too. Having healthy female friendships is so important!
— Kristin, 32
If the guy doesn’t text you back, don’t sweat it. Go to yoga, or kickboxing, or eat a bag of potato chips, or have yourself a whole pizza. Then get your nails done, have a strong coffee — better yet, make that a strong cocktail — call your friends, go out on the town and continue being fabulous. Your heart will go on just like Celine, baby.
— HW, 28

*Name has been changed

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