We Asked 149 Women To Tell Us The One Thing That Frustrates Them Most About Being Single

Any love expert will tell you that all relationships require work, and can offer tip after tip on how to get past boredom, frustrations, and ruts, but oftentimes they're talking about romantic relationships. What about our dating lives? What about th…
By Michelle Toglia

I Don't Want A Life Partner — But You Wouldn't Be Reading This If I Were A Man

I think I must have read as a very rude baby. Before I reached preschool age, I spent my days toddling around the house in pursuit of whatever private games I’d invented inside my head. My mom would poke her head into the living room, where she’d fin…
By Claire Lampen

How The End Of My Marriage Became The Beginning Of Me

When my marriage came to an end, I thought that I’d never be able to look at my friends and family again. Not only did I foolishly rush into my marriage, but my friends and family spent a small fortune to get to my wedding reception in Paris. When yo…
By Amanda Chatel

9 Signs You're Happier Single Than In A Relationship — And Why That's Perfectly Fine

Whether you’ve tried coupling up and realized you prefer your own company, are recovering from a breakup and need some time to regroup and date yourself, or have dated here and there and haven't found “The One,” there are so many reasons why people c…
By Natalia Lusinski

The Reason I'm Choosing To Move 700 Miles Away From My Partner

I moved to New York City for the first time in college, to begin a much-anticipated internship at Cosmopolitan, a magazine I'd long regarded as my own personal bible. Predictably, I immediately fell in love with the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple…
By Laken Howard

I Vowed To Never Fall In Love Again After My Marriage Ended. Here's What Changed My Mind

I’ve never been lucky in love. Which, honestly, is ironic considering my name “Amanda” means “worthy of love.” While I have been in love with people, it was rarely simple. My first love, Timothy, was easy, comparatively speaking. But lots of things a…
By Amanda Chatel

17 Ways To Figure Out Exactly What You Want In A Partner — And Feel Confident Asking For It

Dating can be completely frustrating to begin with, but it's even harder when you don't know what you're looking for. Worse is when you have the slightest idea of what you want, but you feel too guilty asking for it. In a recent Bustle survey, almost…
By Michelle Toglia

How My Dating Life Changed When I Stopped Saying, "I Don’t Know. What Do You Want To Do?"

It’s the age-old question: “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” If someone were to pay me a penny for every time I've uttered these words, I'd be giving Bill Gates a run for his money. I don’t know exactly where this indecisiveness originated, but…
By Amanda Chatel

11 Ways To Tune Into Your Intuition When You're Dating Someone New, According To Psychics

When you're having trouble making decisions in your love life, people often say, "Just follow your intuition." But the word "just" doesn't belong there. Tuning into your intuition is far from easy — unless, that is, you're a psychic. "When you are d…
By Suzannah Weiss

This Is What Happened When My Partner & I Tried Exchanging Gifts Every Day For A Week

One of my favorite things to do is to find little treats for my girlfriend when I'm out and about — and she does the same for me. We got so into this routine that we had to put a temporary ban on buying each other fancy chocolate because we were both…
By Lea Rose Emery

I Tried Trading Living Spaces With My Partner For A Week & Honestly Couldn't Take It Anymore

Upon graduation, my partner and I both separately decided to move to Manhattan — he was starting a new job, and I was desperate to return to the vibrant city I had grown up in. As a creative, my plan at the time looked more like an abstract painting …
By Iman Hariri-Kia

21 Small Changes To Make To Your Relationship When You’re Feeling Bored

As much as many of us would like to believe otherwise, healthy long-term relationships require work. And one great reminder that love takes effort is when you're feeling bored in your relationship. After all, if you're not willing to get a little cre…
By Michelle Toglia

Why Spending Less Time Together Was The Best Thing That Ever Happened To My Relationship

For the first four years of our relationship, my boyfriend Ben and I were rarely apart. That togetherness started early, when I got a phone call from Buenos Aires. We were both living on the Chilean coast and he’d gone to Argentina for a much-needed …
By Emma McGowan