Arts and Culture
Love Makes the World (Wide Web) Go Round
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As the recent viral hugot Jollibee commercials primed for Valentine’s Day have demonstrated to us, there are many variations of love, and not all stories have a happy ending. When February rolls around, lovers think of the obvious ways to show how much they care for their beloved: flowers, chocolates, dinner dates.
But what about after February, when the roses are dead and the meals digested? Chances are, there are those who are not so lucky or smart in love that search for answers on how to love and how to be loved all year round. I’ve gathered a roundup of some websites that talk about love and other self-improvement topics – but in a practical way. There are many sites that offer advice on how to send the right signals to man or woman, to get over a breakup and to decipher the red flags when in a relationship. I’ve chosen those than dispense practical advice more than the usual “keep eye contact to show you are interested.” I hope you find some good advice in these posts while contemplating love.
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1. Oprah Winfrey
Everyone loves Oprah! As an offshoot of one of the most popular American talk shows of all time, Oprah Winfrey has created a whole network of soul work, from her print magazine O, to her website, to an app where you can watch her episodes. Here, real men and women share their stories of love and loss, dating and being single, family and sisterhood. Read an article on how not to just fall in love but stay in love, find out what Oprah knows for sure about love or find out which questions to ask yourself if you are still single.
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2. Karen Salmansohn
She sells herself as “self help for people who wouldn’t be caught doing self-help” and if you are into sharing Instagram posters with inspirational quotes, you might have come across Karen. I found her through the Oprah.com site and ended up downloading her book Prince Harming Syndrome. Loosely based on philosopher Aristotle’s teachings, basically it talks about the three kinds of relationships that function on pleasure, utility or shared virtue and which one you are in. Do you find yourself continually being attracted to unavailable partners? Do you know why you can’t see your lover’s red flags? How do you end the cycle of rebound relationships? Karen talks about topics such as these, sells her books and offers courses on her website memorably titled notsalmon.com
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3. Mark Manson
An author and avid reader, Mark Manson began blogging in 2007 about dating and life. His no BS way of writing is real and approachable. Plus, the only way he earns his keep is through those who subscribe to his site to get access to all articles, online courses and audio archive. Check out some of his articles on relationship advice, his take on what love is and isn’t, and advice on how to date an amazing and stable person. Sign up for his free e-book on The Guide to Relationships too. I promise you’ll end up spending quite a bit of time here, so grab a snack while you are at it and enjoy the ride.
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4. Marc and Angel Hack Life
Marc and Angel Chernoff, a husband-and-wife tandem, professional life coaches and personal development bloggers, are great at giving you advice by the numbers. Through their blog, book, course and coaching, they’ve offered proven strategies for finding lasting happiness, success, love and peace. Some of their most popular posts include advice on how to improve your interactions with those around you in 20 things to start doing for your relationships, giving warm fuzzies through 60 tiny love stories and how to end the cycle of ruining a perfectly good relationship in 5 ways to stop feeling insecure in relationships. Find more posts and their online courses in their blog.
So before the month of love wraps up, read and feed your longing heart and mind. No matter which blog or website you end up on, I’m sure you’ll discover something about love and relationships you never knew before.