They say that love is easy but relationships are hard, so Twitter is offering up advice on how to hack the system with the trending hashtag #ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words. Although a lot of the responses are, as you'd expect, irreverent and self-deprecating, it's pretty impressive how many helpful hints can actually fit into so few words.
Ask anyone their opinion on ways to do better in love, and they're likely to have a tip or two. People make millions off the subject, as the only pre-requisite to giving said advice is to either fail spectacularly and learn from your mistakes, or succeed and offer a model for others to replicate.
Steve Harvey famously said women shouldn't sleep with a man for three months to keep him on the hook (yuck). Millionaire matchmaker Patti Stanger said there should be no sex before monogamy (double yuck). And Greg Behrendt once said “'Busy' is another word for 'asshole'. 'Asshole' is another word for the guy you're dating.” (Which is either really unfair or totally on point, depending on the dude.)
Here's what Twitter has to say about how to improve your love life:
1. Don't Let Technology Get In The Way
#ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words Keep things off social media— 🎶🖤🎧 RK ♠️♥️♣️ (@HeartEyes4Brady) March 27, 2017
Put down your damn phone!!!#ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— A Frikkin Hashtag (@AFrikkinHashtag) March 27, 2017
Turn off the console sometimes. #ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— 🍊Tennessee Babe ⛰ (@_TennesseeBabe_) March 27, 2017
2. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
#ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words Talk with partner about sex— Dr. Ruth Westheimer (@AskDrRuth) March 27, 2017
Calmly and kindly express feelings #ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— Annawlik (@KilwannaR) March 27, 2017
3. Keep Some Mystery Alive
4. Have Fun Together
Read romance novels aloud together. 📚😘#ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— Avery Michaels (@averymichaels_) March 27, 2017
5. Don't Nitpick
Pick and choose battles wisely #ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— 💫Corbett 💫 (@KissesAndHoney) March 27, 2017
Stop being so damn negative. #ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— Yessenia Garza (@garza2414) March 27, 2017
6. Don't Forget Self Love
Never give up on yourself! #ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— Sarah Schlott (@SchlottSarah) March 27, 2017
#ImproveYourLoveLifeIn5Words— Christine Rage 🎤🎧 (@Christine_Rage) March 27, 2017
Stay single and love yourself
After 20 years of dating myself, I'd say that there are no hard and fast rules you should stick by (aside from basic respect) because every situation is different.