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To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This

To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This
I Googled Dr. Aron’s questions; there are 36. We spent the next two hours passing my iPhone across the table, alternately posing each question. They began innocuously: “Would you like to be famous? In what way?” And “When did you last sing to yourself? But they quickly became probing. In response to the prompt, “Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common,” he looked at me and said, “I think we’re both interested in each other.” I grinned and gulped my beer as he listed two more commonalities I then promptly forgot. The questions reminded me of the infamous boiling frog experiment in which the frog doesn’t feel the water getting hotter until it’s too late. I liked learning about myself through my answers, but I liked learning things about him even more. I sat alone at our table, aware of my surroundings for the first time in an hour, and wondered if anyone had been listening to our conversation. Much of Dr. It’s astounding, really, to hear what someone admires in you.

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Find love that lasts forever In Japan, about 1 million men are hikikomori: shut-ins who deliberately retreat to their childhood bed­rooms and hardly, if ever, come out. If current trends continue, half of Japanese adults will live alone by 2030. The World Health Organization claims that feeling lonely is more dangerous for your health than smoking, while a strong network of friends and acquaintances may add four years to your life. Make your next friend female. Women are better listeners than men, says psychologist Daniel Kahneman, which may be why men tend to be happier in marriage. And women are twice as likely to ask for a divorce.

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Why Treating Every Lover like they're "The One" Changes Everything. Whenever I sit down with a new client to talk about where they want to go in their relationship and what’s blocking them from getting there, I always notice some version of the same thing. The similarity I see in people who are stuck in their relationships is that they are all, invariably, living with secrets. They tell me about their relationship, the challenges and the rewards of it. What it's like to rent a friend in Japan After lunch we roam a warren of 100-yen stores nearby—100 yen for a dusty old mug, for a weird cat statue, for a pouch of dried plums. Before parting ways at the subway entrance, we ask someone to snap our photo. That funny kinship that forms in front of a camera—the arms around each other, the shared self-consciousness—seems to happen for us, too.

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