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    I took my kids to our community pool the other day to soak up this last bit of warm weather and suffered a terrible shock. Thankfully, it was one that didn’t require CPR. What it did involve was an elderly couple making out in the middle of the swim club.

    When I first noticed them, they were holding each other, and in three-and-a-half feet of water, they looked a lot like the bears we’d seen embracing in a Six Flags Safari exhibit earlier this summer. My first thought was that one of them must have just gotten some terrible news -- death of a loved one, devastating test results -- until they started making out.

    Like full-on "I’m going to stuff your head in my mouth" making out. Honestly, I haven’t seen people gnawing away with such intensity since watching the Coney Island hot dog eating contest.

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    When I had my first serious boyfriend, I remember how obsessed I was with "I love you." When was he going to say it? What would happen if I blurted it out first? How would I react when he finally said it to me? I remember how desperately I wanted to hear those three words.

    When he did tell me he loved me, it was the single best day of my teenage life. And later, the day he said "It's over" was one of the worst.

    Little did I know that even better times were yet to come ...

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    If you feel like you're pulling teeth with two thumbs and no anesthesia every time you try to get your guy to talk about his feelings, well, you wouldn't be alone. Plenty of men find they can't, because they're cut off from their emotions. Society still tells guys, from the time they are very little, to deny their feelings or better yet, not have them at all. Unfortunately, women are simultaneously being primed by society to believe that men should fulfill them emotionally.

    So little girl and little boy grow up, get married, and become frustrated with each other. Amiright? 

    Sigh. We're here to help you recognize when your man is having a hard time getting in touch with his "feminine side" (see what a sexist world we live in?). Patti Henry, therapist and author of The Emotionally Unavailable Man, writes that there are various behaviors suggesting a man is emotionally shut down. Here are 16 signs your guy is emotionally unavailable.

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    Imagine meeting someone for the first time and having an instant connection only to lose them in a crowd just a few hours later? That's what happened when Jamie Kelly, 24, of Ireland, met a 27-year-old Canadian named Katie while the pair was flying from Barcelona to Dublin.

    Though he was instantly smitten, Kelly failed to find out Katie's last name, and when the two were separated at customs, the "Irish Romeo" was forced to resort to some pretty creative ways to track down the adorable girl from Nova Scotia.

    With the help of friends, Kelly embarked on a social media campaign aimed at reuniting him with his fellow traveler and potential love interest.

    Thanks to the hashtags #FindKatie and #LoveAtFirstFlight and an all-out international search, the couple has not only been reunited, they're headed out on a date in Kelly's homeland! Score one for the Internet and the power of social media! 

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    Rich, ugly men marry hot women, right? It's an age-old formula we all know far too well. Think of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley or Ric Ocasek and Paulina Poriskova -- or any number of aging multi-millionaires who aren't exactly swimming in the good gene pool who managed to land themselves stunning women. Well hold onto your hats, folks, because I'm about to rock your world with this: It's all a lie.

    According to a study that ran last month in the American Sociological Review, the idea of a "status exchange" relationship -- where one partner, usually a man, exchanges his wealth and power for the other partner's beauty -- is largely a myth. Yes, that's right. Everything you think you know, you don't.

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    To the women who think good is great,

    Confession time. You've been treated badly by some guy you used to think was an absolute dreamboat, a perfect 10 -- a Gosling, if you will. And you let it happen. Are we right?

    And it's because of this jerk that you think just okay relationships are the norm. It's because of inconsiderate guys like him -- who thought it was OK to make you feel like text messaging was the only acceptable form of communication and "forgetting" about the dinner plans you've had for two weeks because he was "stressed" was permissible -- that you feel like you don't deserve the best.

    The good news? You're not alone. There are a bazillion single women who wonder about the same thing you wonder about every damn day: "Am I asking for too much?"

    Spoiler alert: No. You deserve it, the "too much." The catch? You just need to stop settling for less than what you really want.

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    Hi, my name is Adriana, and I have posted obnoxious couples selfies. I admit, I am guilty of this. Just the other week while on a trip with my boyfriend we snapped a photo of ourselves kissing in front of a sculpture that spelled out LOVE. I know, right? And I SHARED it. Why? Because I'm happy, that's why. And because it was freakin' adorable ... to me, anyway. But deep down I knew I was doing that thing couples do: Sharing the sappy couples selfie. I'm still not sorry, and I may even do it again. However, I will try not to. And just to prove I know what to avoid, I've compiled a list of classic annoying couples selfies none of us should ever take, no matter how happy we are.

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    Ladies: The key to a happier relationship is simpler than all those self-help books make it seem. All you need to do is avoid asking your man any of the questions below. None can be answered acceptably. The closest he can come to being correct is changing the subject. Science has tried for decades and failed to understand why you continue to feel that some good can come from asking any of the following…

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    We all know about long-distance love and the way it wreaks havoc and NEVER, EVER actually works, right? But, of course, even when a relationship starts in the same place, sometimes life gets in the way.

    Business travel happens, people get transferred while their love must stay put and sometimes, despite the odds, distance really works for people. But who are these people? They are the ones who, despite the odds, are able to find ways to make distance work for them.

    Here are 7 ways that people bridge the distance and keep love alive even when there are hundreds of miles between them.

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    It appears that getting engaged to Hollywood celebrity George Clooney isn't going to impact lawyer Amal Alamuddin in any signficant way. Don't expect her to start lunching at The Grill with Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox. Don't expect her to start getting pedicures with Kris Jenner and shopping on Rodeo Drive with Gwyneth Paltrow. If George Clooney wanted someone totally not in his glam world, well, he got her. Because wait til you hear how Amal plans to get back to work after her whirlwind engagement to Clooney!

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