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If you ditch the Cinderella story and intentionally craft romantic relationships to suit you – evidence from business and philosophy says you might have a good chance of deep happiness. (Shutterstock)

How to ‘love-craft’ your relationships for health and happiness

A polyamorous philosopher draws from research evidence to argue that where love is concerned, we should break all the established rules.
The lies most people tell on dating apps do serve a purpose. Dado Photos

The lies we tell on dating apps to find love

Researchers analyzed troves of messages sent between matches and found that the fibs people tell are usually rational ones that serve a purpose.
Followers of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh embrace during a meditation session at Rajneeshpuram. AP Photo/Bill Miller

I did research at Rajneeshpuram, and here is what I learned

A scholar visited Rajneeshpuram and met the many highly accomplished men and women who became devotees of the controversial guru. What brought them to the spiritual community, and what made them stay?
Miniature of the duke of true love and his companions entertaining ladies. The Book of the Queen, c. 1410–1414, France (Paris), Harley 4431, f. 145 (Creative Commons)

The magic of love and sex

A scholar of medieval magic discusses the hope in magical techniques for finding love.
Augustin Burdet (engraver) French active (19th century) Victor Marie Picot (after) Cupid and Psyche (c. 1817) engraving. 39.9 x 49.2 cm (image), 49.4 x 57.5 cm (sheet) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Felton Bequest, 1927 (3506-3)

Friday essay: finding spaces for love

In early modern times, wooing happened at balls and markets and in churches; while sex was obtained in bathhouses, inns, brothels and alleyways. Art tells the story.
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Why opposites rarely attract

Most of us tend to be attracted to people who are similar to ourselves. But there's an important exception to this rule.

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