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Love Lockdown: 10 Do's and Don'ts of Dating

Are you looking to sustain a long-term relationship? Then, we have just two simple pieces of advice: One, take your girl (or guy!) to see Think Like a Man on April 20th. Trust us, you'll both learn a thing or two (or 10!) from it. And, two, make sure you follow the 10 simple do's and don'ts of dating that we've provided for you here. Some of these we formulated after seeing Think Like a Man. And some we came up with on our own. But, when it comes to dating, there are some things you should and absolutely should not do. And we want to make sure you're aware of them.

So, if you're looking to sustain a long-term relationship, make sure you pay very close attention to our advice. It could be the difference between making it—and breaking it. Let's go.

DO: Communicate at all times about everything.
This one is so obvious. And yet, so many people fail to follow it! If you're going to be in a long-term relationship, you need to be able to share everything with your partner. You also need to be able to talk through your problems and work them out in a civilized manner. You even need to be able to talk about the way that you talk to one another so that you know which forms of communication are most effective for each of you! A good relationship is all about good communication. Don't ever forget it.

DON'T: Run to your friends to talk about your relationship problems instead of talking things out with your partner.
Now, we're not suggesting that you can't ever talk with your friends about your problems. But, what we are saying is that you shouldn't be running to them first whenever an issue comes up. Instead, learn to communicate it directly to your partner. It'll help your relationship and your friendships as well.

DO: Hold your partner's hand and do other small things to show them how much you care about them.
Something as simple as holding your significant other's hand in public can make them feel like they're important to you. So, take the time to do small things that will pay off in a big way. If you do, we're sure they'll return the favor.

DON'T: Disrespect your relationship by flirting with others or sending mixed signals to them.
If you have a man or a woman in your life, act like it—even when they're not necessarily around to see it. Now, you obviously cannot stop people from coming up to you and engaging you in conversation. But, you can be very forthcoming with them in letting them know that you are in a committed relationship. This will stop you from having any misunderstandings with your partner in the future.

Get the other do's and don'ts at VIBE!

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