It may be Valentine's Day, but keeping your love expectations realistic is the true key to relationship bliss.
Renowned human behaviourial specialist Dr John Demartini, author of Heart of Love, urges couples and singles not to give into the pressure created by Valentine's Day.
"The best way to approach Valentine’s Day as a couple is to communicate what would be most meaningful to both of you that day," he says." Valentine’s Day can act as a great reminder to truly share your appreciation and love for your partner and yourself." Yet there may be many other days that are meaningful to you as a couple, so if commercial holidays aren't your speed, make sure your partner understands this and plan a celebration for a day that's special to you.
"If you are single, the best way to approach Valentine’s Day is to fill your day with meaningful activities you would love to do and do them with the people you would love to be with," he continues.
Regardless of your relationship status, it is wise to be realistic about what a relationship can bring to your life.
Destructive relationship myths
According to Dr Demartini, the eight most destructive relationship myths are:
1. A new relationship will make a person happy
2. A partner completes a person
3. The right relationship will last forever
4. The right relationship needs no work
5. Good sex happens only at the beginning of a relationship
6. Children complete a marriage
7. Single people are lonely
8. Opposites attract
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