Does Age Difference in Marriage Matter?

The practice of men preferring to marry younger women and women preferring older men has been in existence since time immemorial―since the concept of matrimonial alliance itself came into existence in most likelihood. What has changed over the years though, is the age difference between husband and wife. Whether this difference in age actually affects a person’s marriage or not, has become one of the most debated questions in recent times.

An Overview

A look at the statistical data compiled over the last century or so, suggests that the age difference in a matrimonial alliance has been constantly changing owing to several underlying factors. It came down from 29 years for men and 26 for women at the beginning of the 20th century to 26 for men and 23 for women by the mid-20th century. The drastic fall was attributed to the emergence of nuclear families in the society.

By the end of the 20th century, though, the difference was back to what it was in the beginning. This reversal was attributed to several factors, including education, women becoming more and more independent, better contraception, etc. Come today, things have changed considerably, as both men and women are giving their career

What are the Advantages of Being Single

It’s indeed wonderful to be in a relationship but there are times when we will be alone. Of course, being single can be a blessing as well as a curse. The reason for people being sad and lonely is that they usually see only the cons and not the pros. A single life need not necessarily doom one to despair and loneliness. Rather, it is important to appreciate the many advantages, some of which include cheaper living, job growth opportunities, etc. What are the advantages of being single? Some of them are discussed below.

Freedom

Freedom is no doubt the most important merit of being single. Freedom allows more spontaneity in life: you can go anywhere or decide on anything without being answerable to anyone. Being single allows you to be master of your own life and self, rather than compelling yourself to be what you are not. Men don’t have to worry about missing the Champions League football finals to watch the movie of the week, for the sake of their partner or family and vice versa for women. For men, being single at some stage helps them to become skilled in different household chores like cooking and cleaning.

Control

How to Handle the Pain Love Brings You

In the early stages of a relationship, it is difficult to imagine that the one for whom you have such strong feelings could ever hurt you. It is also hard to imagine that you could ever cause the one you love pain, especially when everything is so new. The beginning is always sweet and nice, but sooner or later, something less than perfect happens and one of you gets hurt.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “you always hurt the one you love?” It’s so true, isn’t it? You may not mean to, but at some point, you may do something, or not do something, that your significant other is hurt by. The opposite is also true. As a matter of fact, relationships sometimes end because of this. However, they don’t always have to.

What to Do If your Loved One Hurts You

If you are in a healthy relationship, then the hurt was unintentional. It is important to realize that your loved one didn’t plan to cause you pain, so try to see the situation from their perspective. You should try to calm your emotions down and then talk to them about what they were thinking, why they did what

Dating Advice for Girls

In our quest for true love, we meet several people. Finding that perfect someone can take time, energy, and above all, patience. If you’ve never dated before, that’s perfectly all right. The fact that you’re here, means only one thing―you’re looking for advice and not jumping into a relationship without thinking, which is great! Let’s take you through some helpful tips on what to expect while in a relationship.

Dating Tips for Girls

❤ Be Yourself
The most important thing in a relationship is to be yourself. Remember that for a relationship to last longer, you also need to accept your partner for who he is, and vice versa. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not, because sooner or later you’ll have to reveal your true colors. The prettiest thing you can carry is a smile, paired with confidence, basic grooming, self-respect, and manners.

❤ Start with Friendship
It is believed that the foundation of every good relationship is a solid friendship. The possibility of knowing more than his guy friends is higher, since he will reveal a part of himself that they don’t see. While in the beginning he may not be upfront about his feelings, as his trust for

Dating Tips for Teenagers

As a teenager, you feel confused about what to do and what not to do for your first date, and you often miss out on the excitement of the whole experience. Later, when you look back, you realize you shouldn’t have been so nervous. So the next time you are out on a date, keep some simple tips in mind, prepare yourself accordingly, and see for yourself the difference these tips can make.

Choosing the Right Venue

Think in advance about the most suitable venue for your date. The venue has an important role to play. Choose a place where both of you can have a lot of fun together. Here are some options to get you started.

Watching a Movie
There are so many movies that it’s difficult to pick one. Perhaps you can keep the names of different movies in a box and ask your date to pick one. You can opt for animation films as they are fun to watch, and you get a chance to have some good fun together.

Going for Dinner
Taking your date out for a dinner is a very conventional affair. A dinner date often gives you both a lot of

Does Your Ex still have Feelings for You

Love is strange at times! It makes you do crazy things. For instance, falling deeply in love with a person, and then breaking up for unavoidable reasons. That isn’t strange. The strange part comes when you keep thinking about them even after a long gap after your break up. Well, sometimes we tend to complicate things ourselves. We hurt the ones we love, we fight with the one we love, and then ultimately break up only to wish you could undo all the wrong things that happened. Moving on with life is the obvious answer, but what if you want to get back together? Like we said before, love makes you do strange things.

Don’t worry, because we have all at some point, been through this phase. The problem begins when you start wanting to get back to your ex, and revive all the feelings you shared. In some cases, the estranged couple are in touch with each other as ‘friends’ whereas, in many cases, certain break ups lead to bitter feelings. Therefore, many prefer to be away from each other to avoid getting hurt. For that matter, if you wish to reconsider getting back with your ex, would

Does My Ex Still Love Me?

Everyone who has been through a breakup, will identify with the sentiments in this Phil Collins’ song. Relationships enrich our lives, and make it worth living. However, a relationship gone bad, can affect you for a long time after it is all over. Parting ways with someone whom you love the most, is one of the most painful situations in life. We’ve all been there, through lonely nights that don’t seem to end, and days that are haunted by the thoughts of your ex. The first few days just seem like torture when you can’t seem to move on.

If you are recovering from a breakup, and if you are simply hoping that your ex gets back with you, it is always better to give yourself, as well as your ex, the time to think about it. If there has been no communication from his/her side, and he/she seems to be doing just fine post the breakup, it means that you need to move on. However, don’t be too hard on yourself; take your time to get rid of the ghosts of your past. Time heals everything.

How to Gauge Whether He Still Loves You
If your

Marriage Advice for Women

Women are way better in terms of understanding the needs and wants of their men, rather than the other way round. However, there are still some missing blanks, which, if a woman is able to fill, can ensure a wonderfully happy and long-lasting wedded life with her husband. The following humorous pieces of advice are nothing but those missing blanks (in addition to a bit of inside information).

Marriage Advice for the Ladies

#1
Space. Give your man his space. Most women have heard about this, many have even understood it, but very few actually implement it. A man’s mind is a mysterious maze. At times, it does not rely on logic, but on instinct, gut feeling, or his mood. At times, it is best to just let him be. Let him do his own thing and he’ll be the happiest bloke in town, which in return, is good for you too.

#2
If you go shopping with your man and you catch him glancing at another hot woman across the street, let me tell you, it is completely normal. 101 out of 100 guys have a wandering eye. I mean, we’re born with it. It’s in our blood! However, it

Two Secrets of a Happy Marriage

In the era we live in, the divorce rate rises continually. Back in the fifties, the divorce rate in the church was much lower than the divorce rate in the world. Yet, nowadays, the divorce rate in the church is the same as that of the world.

It is very interesting to observe that among Hasidic Jews, this means Jews that still have prearranged marriages, the divorce rate is zero! Incredible, isn’t it? However, when asked about the secret of such a low divorce rate, the main ingredient was respect. “We respect one another.”, they said.

Another survey showed that among the Christian couples who pray together (I mean really making time to pray, not just saying the blessing at the table) the divorce rate is incredibly low, less than one percent. Obviously, here praying together is the key.

These two categories have given, along with their answers, an important indicator to a marriage’s stability. Let’s see more about respect and prayer in marriage. How can respect be nurtured in your relationship?

1. First of all you need to realize that your spouse is not primarily yours; what I mean is that he or she belongs to God, he/she is God’s ‘property’

Dating Don’ts: Learning from Mistakes

We’ve all been there. We go out with someone who we think is absolutely perfect, and they’re super sexy to boot! Then we do or say something that makes us want to crawl under a rock and slowly rot in our regrets. We call these “dating don’ts”, and they’re the things we do that can destroy any potential relationship.

If you haven’t yet experienced this, you’re in luck! Here we’ll identify the worst of the worst, so you’ll know exactly what to avoid next time you’re out on a date. Learning from the mistakes of others is the same reason we study history in school – so that we don’t repeat the mistakes made by those who came before us. Read on and don’t let someone else’s mistake ruin your chances again!

Let’s start with one of the worst offenses…

Do NOT have sex on the first date!

If you honestly are looking for more than a one-night stand, having sex on the first date is the best way to kill any glimmer of hope, you might have had, that your single life was officially over. Why, might you ask? “If someone wants to have sex on the first date, they must