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The 7 most damaging phrases in a relationship

Sharing relationship concerns with your spouse requires a very deft hand. Some of us are better at communicating complaints than others -- only an amateur, for instance, would dare to say "you're overreacting!" in the middle of an argument.

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The science behind great sex

The romantic woo: the flowers, the dinner, the compliments. Maybe you hold the door open. Maybe you have perfected some Casanova moves in the boudoir that makes your lover swoon. But if you really want to leave a lasting impression, the most important thing may be what you do immediately after sex.

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New Pair of Eyes

Yesterday was a very dramatic day for me. From bed to bed I had to deal with one drama or the other all of which took away my peace, joy, flow and equilibrium. The final drama, [after a brief commercial break] was when I got home after a gaping four hours on the road. I left the office at 5:15pm and got home around 9:15pm.

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4 Things to remember when you want to get married, but it's not happening

Back when I was in my early to mid-20s I was worried and concerned about getting married, but every attempt to create a stable, loving and committed relationship turned into an utter failure.

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He Is Good To Keep

Men are not easily predicted; just when you think you know them and can predict their next move, they spring a surprise on you which will leave you shaking in the knee. This is the general impression of women on men. While it is not a hard task to predict men, if you can be logical in your approach to things, women most often get it wrong because they mostly tend to look at men through the eyes of emotions.

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Boyfriend For Hire

China's Taobao is one of the world's largest e-commerce websites, a combination of eBay and Amazon, only bigger. Its 500 million registered users trade almost 50,000 items of merchandise every minute on average.

Taobao has two major platforms - the TMall, where established brand owners sell directly to customers, and the Taobao Market place, where smaller companies and budding entrepreneurs set up shop.

On 11 November 2013, when Taobao held its annual big sales day, 1bn yuan worth of goods were traded in just over six minutes and the total sales for the day amounted to more than 35bn yuan ($5.6bn; £3.45bn).

With more than 800 million items listed, you can find almost anything offered for sale on the website.

Some of the unusual items up for sale on the Taobao Marketplace at the moment is boyfriends for people who cannot bring a partner along to family get-togethers

Boyfriend for hire

The Lunar New Year in China, like Christmas in the West, is a time for family get-togethers.

But for many single men and women, these gatherings can be a highly stressful time when relatives start asking questions of a personal nature.

Right before the Chinese New Year, there was an explosion of listings of men offering their services as pretend boyfriends.

One such vendor had a clear list of prices:

For trips to other cities to visit family - 800 yuan a day

To act as shopping escort - 150 yuan an hour

To help release negative energy by listening to complains or abuse - 50 yuan per 20 minutes

The listings have all disappeared as the festive season is now over, so there is no way of knowing if any of the men who offered themselves for hire actually received any business.


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A Note to the Lady up the Ladder

Dear Amiga,
This is just a quick one to bring your attention to something I believe you need to know. Please, if you find yourself standing three steps up the ladder of life, be careful when you have to look down at a man standing at the bottom of the ladder.

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Five Things To Do To Dispel Doubt In Your Relationship

You lost her and now you want her back.

Whether your breakup happened a day ago, three months ago, a year ago or even if she’s seeing someone else, there is always a way to get back the girl who has captured your heart.

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