Laken Howard
NU/Medill alum; Brooklynite; sex/dating/relationships contributor; win my heart with cat pictures and eggs benedict

Latest Articles

What The Way Your Partner Compliments You Says About The Fate Of Your Relationship

Nothing has the power to brighten your day quite like a well-placed, sincere compliment from someone you care about, especially if that someone is your significant other. We all like to receive compliments from our partners, but sadly, dishing them o…
By Laken Howard

Women Are Sharing The Best Thing That Someone Said To Them In Bed & It's Full Of Good Vibes

As a woman who makes a living writing about sex, there's nothing I find more inspiring than hearing other women tell their empowering stories about sexuality. But lately, my news feed (and probably yours, too) has been inundated with evidence of a da…
By Laken Howard

If You Want To Support Planned Parenthood, This Is The One Cyber Monday Deal You Need To Know About

Now that the holidays are swiftly approaching, 'tis the season for gift-shopping — but if you're anything like me, leaving your house at the crack of dawn to fight the crowds on Black Friday is simply not happening. Instead, I'll be frantically resea…
By Laken Howard

9 Signs You're Not Putting Enough Effort Into Your Relationship, According To Experts

As much as we might wish that every relationship would play out like a fairy tale, the reality is that healthy, happy, long-lasting relationships don't just happen: it takes a lot of effort — on the part of both partners — to maintain a long-term rel…
By Laken Howard

People Are Revealing The Moment They Lost Feelings For A Crush & It's Way Harsh

If there's one thing middle school taught us all, it's that having an unrequited crush is the worst. When you have a ~thing~ for someone who may or may not like you back (or know you exist, for that matter), it's like being on an emotional rollercoas…
By Laken Howard

Here's What You Should Never (Like, Ever) Do During An Argument With Your Partner

As counterintuitive as it might sound, it's actually perfectly healthy for couples to have arguments. Every couple will disagree from time to time, so it's not the act of fighting itself that shows how stable or toxic a couple is — it's how you argue…
By Laken Howard

People On Reddit Are Sharing The Relationship Red Flags They Ignored & Wow Are They Painful

As the old saying goes, hindsight truly is 20/20: an adage that is especially pertinent when it comes to looking back on our past relationships. After the initial sadness, anger, and pain of a breakup, it's normal to reflect on what your relationship…
By Laken Howard

How To Know If There's Enough Communication In Your Relationship, According To Experts

If you want to build a healthy, lasting relationship, learning how to effectively communicate with your partner is absolutely crucial: a couple can't stand the test of time if they're unable to express their needs, feelings, frustrations, and fears. …
By Laken Howard

8 Activities You Can Do Together To Boost The Physical Intimacy In Your Relationship

When a relationship is all shiny and new, it's only natural to feel like you can't keep your hands off each other — but if you're hoping to go the distance with your partner, it's worthwhile to figure out how to build physical intimacy in your relati…
By Laken Howard

2018 Love Life Predictions For Each Zodiac Sign

I've always wondered what it would be like to be able to predict the future of my love life: if I knew exactly how things would play out, would I make different romantic choices? Obviously, it's not really possible for each of us to know exactly what…
By Laken Howard

5 Signs You & Your Partner Are Drifting Apart Without You Realizing It

When you're in a brand new relationship and (presumably) floating around on cloud nine, it's easy to overlook potential red flags and signs you're not on the same page as your partner about the relationship. The slightly harsh truth? Even if you and …
By Laken Howard

6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Get Into A Relationship

As we each navigate the ups-and-downs of our love lives — from meet-cute to breakup and back again — we're constantly learning more about ourselves, what we want in life, and what we value in relationships. Over time, everyone develops their own uniq…
By Laken Howard

9 Signs Your Relationship Won't Last, Based On The Way Your Partner Talks To You

If you want a relationship to last long-term, it's pretty much mandatory that you and your partner figure out how to effectively communicate with each other. Everyone has a different communication style, so it's not always easy to get on the same pag…
By Laken Howard

9 Romantic Date Ideas If Your Partner's Love Language Is Physical Touch

If you're in a happy, loving relationship, you could probably have fun doing just about anything with your partner, whether it's folding the laundry or playing mini golf. But even though every day might feel like a date, that doesn't mean you shouldn…
By Laken Howard

People Are Defining Emotional Cheating & There's Bad News If You Have A Work Husband/Wife

When you think about being cheated on, you probably imagine your partner having sex or hooking up with someone else — but cheating isn't always physical: there's also the scary possibility that your partner will emotionally cheat, which can sometimes…
By Laken Howard

Ways You're Most Likely To Sabotage Your Relationship, According To Your Zodiac Sign

I might be biased because of all the ~girly~ magazines I read as a tween, but I think it's at least somewhat true that our zodiac signs can actually reveal a lot about our personalities: For example, I've always been painfully aware of how well I fit…
By Laken Howard

If Your Partner Ever Does These 9 Things To You, They Have One Foot Out The Door

As scary as it might seem, it's normal for a long-term relationship to change over time: we're all constantly growing as individuals, so it makes sense that our relationships will evolve with us — and that doesn't have to be a negative thing. If you'…
By Laken Howard

Sorry, But There's A Good Chance Your Favorite Sex Position Is Also The Most Dangerous One

I remember *exactly* how I first learned that you can break a penis: It was a plot point in the underrated 2002 teen comedy The New Guy, which I was inexplicably allowed to watch at the age of 9. Ever since being burdened with the knowledge that a gu…
By Laken Howard

Singles Are Confessing The Relationship Perks They Look Forward To & It'll Make You Feel All Mushy Inside

Before I met my current partner, I was that single girl — the one who was always going on dates but, for one reason or another, never connected with anyone in a serious way. I was perpetually single and searching for a relationship, and I'd be lying …
By Laken Howard

8 Strange Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, you're definitely not alone: according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S., affecting over 18 percent of the adult population each …
By Laken Howard