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

Latest Articles

The DIY Wedding Projects That Are Actually Worth Your Time, According To Brides

It's not really a secret that weddings can be super expensive: from the venue to the custom invitations to the catering, there's a lot of stuff to pay for. Unfortunately, not every proposal comes with a winning lottery ticket, and there's absolutely …
By Laken Howard

The Number One Thing That Makes Millennials Feel Better After A Miserable Breakup

As amazing as the feeling of falling in love with someone is, the emotional openness and vulnerability it takes to fall in love inevitably puts us at risk of someday experiencing one of the worst feelings in the world: heartbreak. Even if you're cert…
By Laken Howard

Here's The Most Popular Sex Position In Your State

No matter how many times I swear I'm going to try something new in bed, whenever it's time to get down to business, I almost always fall back on the same old, go-to, popular sex positions. Not that there's anything wrong with knowing what you like an…
By Laken Howard

Saying These Two Words To Your Partner Can Build Intimacy In Your Relationship

If you want to make your relationship last, there are two simple words that make all the difference — the only catch is that they can also be two of the most difficult words to say: I'm sorry. Everyone messes up from time to time, but what sets healt…
By Laken Howard

The Number One Reason Singles Would Go On A Second Date

No matter how long you've been in the dating game, there's one question that can consistently come back to haunt you: how do you impress someone on the first date? Everyone has different dating preferences — what woos one person might totally turn so…
By Laken Howard

These Weird Things Make You More Attractive, According To Science

I'm sure I'm not the only person who's experienced the strange phenomenon that is developing a crush on someone and having absolutely no idea why. Not that everyone has to fit a specific "type" in order for me to like them, but there are definitely w…
By Laken Howard

These Breakup Excuses Are Going To Make You Face Palm So Hard

Being on the receiving end of a breakup is terrible, but it's made even crappier if, instead of hearing the truth about why your relationship is ending, you're subjected to some lame breakup excuses — because nothing is worse than not getting closure…
By Laken Howard

7 Types Of Jealousy & How To Deal With Them, According To Experts

As someone in her first serious relationship, one thing that's taken me by surprise is the different ways jealousy has manifested itself in my relationship. Even if you don't consider yourself a particularly jealous person, when you're in a relations…
By Laken Howard

If You Have These 8 Things In Common, You've Probably Found Your Soulmate

Despite how romantic it seems, I have to admit that I've never been a huge believer in the traditional definition of a soulmate: I just don't agree with the notion that there's exactly one other person floating around out there who exists to "complet…
By Laken Howard

6 Games To Play With Your Partner To Enhance Intimacy

If you ask me, the idea of "working on" a relationship has an unfairly negative connotation: you can be comfortable, happy, and secure in your relationship and still desire to improve it. No matter how long you've been in a relationship with someone,…
By Laken Howard

7 Weird Things Almost Every Person Wishes Their Partner Knew About Them

When you're in a long-term relationship, you'll inevitably learn a lot of random tidbits about your partner as time goes on. Whether it's what they like on their pizza or exactly how many minutes it takes them to shower, there are plenty of weird thi…
By Laken Howard

11 Things No One Tells You About Long-Term Relationships

Until very recently, I've always been one of those perpetually single types: you know, the kind who has a new crush every week thanks to the dozen different dating apps on her phone. Now, however, I'm in my first long-term relationship (nine months a…
By Laken Howard

These Are The Times Of Day Everyone Else Is Having Sex

If you're in a long-term relationship, it's totally normal for you to have a bit of a routine when it comes to your sex life. Between your work schedules, hobbies, and social time, you and your partner. probably tend to have sex at roughly the same t…
By Laken Howard

Dating Apps That Are Just Like Tinder Social (RIP)

If you're an avid Tinder user, you might have noticed that something about the app feels a little off lately... and unfortunately, it's bad news: Tinder Social, the feature that allowed users to organize group dates, has disappeared! That's right — n…
By Laken Howard

8 Signs You're Ready To Take Your Relationship To The Next Level

If you're dating someone that you really connect with, it's only natural to be on the lookout for the signs it's time to take your relationship to the next level. Whether that means becoming exclusive, moving in together, or even getting engaged, it'…
By Laken Howard

7 Signs You're Being Love Bombed, According To Dating Experts

If you thought modern romance couldn't get any worse, I have some bad news: there's a new dating trend called love bombing, and this awful behavior is way scarier than it sounds. Essentially, love bombing is when someone — typically a new partner — s…
By Laken Howard

A Spiritual Counselor Explains How The Solar Eclipse Will Affect Your Sex Life

I'm by no means an astrology fanatic, but I feel like there has to be more to the solar eclipse than just the opportunity to take a cool photo of the dark, moon-covered sun. So aside from totally taking over your Instagram feed, how can the solar ecl…
By Laken Howard

8 Signs A Friends With Benefits Situation Just Isn't Working For You

In a perfect world, you'd never have to worry about recognizing the signs your friends with benefits relationship isn't working, because all your romantic endeavors would work out exactly as you'd imagined. But in reality, disentangling the complicat…
By Laken Howard

These 25 Power Couples Who Met On Dating Apps Are Proof Love Isn't Dead

When you've been single and online dating for a long time, it's easy to get frustrated and feel like you're never going to find a real relationship online. The good news? That feeling of despair is totally unwarranted, because happy couples meet on d…
By Laken Howard

13 Subtle Signs Your Partner Is Emotionally Abusive

Recognizing the subtle signs your partner is emotionally abusive isn't always easy, especially if you're in a long-term relationship for the first time. Everyone wears rose-colored glasses when it comes to their partner, but the sooner you become awa…
By Laken Howard