We scour the latest issue of Cosmo, dissect advice column after advice column, and pick the brains of our successfully coupled comrades. We spend obscene amounts of money attending conferences, we listen to complete strangers, and we still have a hard time figuring it out. It being the always-allusive holy grail of romance: what constitutes a healthy relationship? What does a good date even look like?
I’m excited to introduce Danielle Campoamor as a guest writer. Danielle is the Marketing Assistant at Hark, as well as a freelance writer, currently residing in Seattle, Washington. She has been published in Thought Catalog, Notes Magazine, Hush Magazine, and FictionBrigade.
And, sadly, all of that hard work is for nothing. Why? Well, because the answer was in front of our movie-watching faces all along. Perhaps we spent too much time watching How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, when we really should have been tuning into Austin Powers: Gold Member. So we passed off all cinematic creates in general, deeming them incapable of teaching us about the mysteries of love. Clearly, a clever writer in Hollywood just successfully hid the secrets to a lucrative relationship in the unlikeliest of films. The following are four recently discovered films that unlock the safe to an abundance of healthy, happy, fruitful relationships. Just follow the advice in the clips, and you are sure to never be led astray from total bliss.
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1. Austin Powers: Gold Member
A healthy relationship will be up front and honest. There is no reason to play games, or hide intentions. Just be blunt, unabashed, and forward. Really, what’s the worst that could happen?
If your significant, or would-be significant, other truly cares, they will make the effort. There will be a consistency in contact, date nights, and genuine displays of affection. If you haven’t had a phone call in eight years, chances are your relationships isn’t going all that well.
Respect should be mutually shared in any relationship, especially a romantic one. So what if your significant other is a few feet shorter than you. The old adage of “treat others as you would like to be treated” applies, and should be a reminder to both parties that they constantly respect one another.
Spice things up! Make sure that you and your significant other enjoy the finer things in life every once and a while. Get off the couch, and go run around outside. Experiencing things together will lead to a lasting relationship, full of gum-drop memories.
Work towards making one another happy. Obviously, you won’t always come on ridiculously perfect times. There will be a give and take, where one individual will need more from the other, and visa versa. However, if both of you work hard to make the other smile, the end result is a pair of shown-off pearly whites.
3. Happy Feet
There will come a time, in any pre-budding relationship, when you’re going to have to take a chance. So buck up, watch your beak, and just go for it!
Don’t be afraid to walk to the beat of a different drum. Create your own rules and boundaries for your relationship. At the end of the day, it is the two of you that have to co-exist. Others may try to tell you what you should be doing, and how you should be doing it, but as long as you are happy, your tune is just as valid as theirs.
4. The Mask
Respect, romance, and the little things can go a long way. For the right person, they won’t go unnoticed, but instead be constant reminders of what the relationship is built on, and what I can become. So go a little crazy every once and a while, in order to make that special someone feel like a million dollars.
Don’t be afraid to fall back on family and friends, when hard times befall a relationship and/or when you are considering pursuing one. While, as previously mentioned, you should ultimately follow your own advice; sometimes it is extremely beneficial to listen to those who know you best.
And there you have it. So put down that back issue of Cosmo, stop scouring the advice columns, and just sit back, relax, and turn on a good movie. An abundance of happiness, and a healthy relationship, await!
Written by Danielle Campoamor
Danielle is the Marketing Assistant at Hark, as well as a freelance writer, currently residing in Seattle, Washington. She has been published in Thought Catalog, Notes Magazine, Hush Magazine, and FictionBrigade.