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Evolutionary psychology may explain why magical thinking is so central to love. Viva Luna Studios via Unsplash

Why does love feel magical? It’s an evolutionary advantage

It’s not logical to believe your relationship is “meant to be.” But believing in destined love may have evolved as a way to keep couples together long enough to reproduce and raise children.
Couples get romantic on Qixi, a lovers’ festival similar to Valentine’s Day. Visual China Group via Getty Images

How China does Valentine’s Day

China’s Qixi Festival is a celebration of love based on the legend of a mortal who married a goddess, causing his furious mother-in-law to create a Milky Way to divide these two twinkling stars.
Research suggests that couples who exercise together, stay together. (Shutterstock)

Exercise your way to a better relationship

In addition to its health and fitness benefits, exercise can also give your relationship a boost – especially if you exercise together.
Loved up and living together. But your relationship might not be as secure as you think it is. Goran Bogicevic/Shutterstock

Common law marriage: a myth nearing its end?

The concept of common law marriage is actually quite recent. While legally erroneous, a widespread belief in this myth has served a social purpose.
More and more Americans are choosing to be single. mimagephotography/Shutterstock.com

Single doesn’t mean being lonely or alone

Singles can face mistaken stereotypes and value judgments that they are less happy, or lonelier. For many, being single is simply a relationship preference or even an orientation.

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