Dating is a big deal.

Romantic comedies and love songs tell us that all our problems will be solved if we just find the one right person. Online dating is a multi-billion dollar industry. And everything from prom dances to Valentine's Day seems to exist to extol the virtues of dating.

And the truth is, dating can be wonderful. Having a special someone to share your experiences with makes life sweeter, and having someone who knows you deeply can help you understand yourself better too.

But dating can also be very destructive.

It's easy to develop an unhealthy dependency on the person you are dating, or for manipulation and disrespect to poison the affection that you share.

Fortunately, a little knowledge goes a long way in avoiding these problems. There are bedrock principles that will help you make sure your dating relationships are healthy, positive, and life-giving for both you and your partner.

Since I value lasting, intimate relationships, I discuss more than just how to get a girl or guy's attention. This section will guide you all the way from your first meeting to a long-term relationship, and will show you the pitfalls to avoid along the way.

And since this is a social skills guide after all, I'll also address the social skills of dating. How to ask someone out, what to do on that first date---I'll cover it all.

So what are you waiting for? Dive in!

Healthy Relationships Defined

What is a healthy relationship, and why is it important?

How To Have A Healthy Relationship

How do you make sure that your relationship is healthy, positive and fulfilling?

Beginning a Romance

How do you start a romance on the right foot? Where do you go to meet your next partner?

From Friendship To First Kiss

How do you move from friendship to romance? How do you let someone know you like them?

Building A Relationship Worth Having

Once you've started a relationship, how do you get closer to your partner? How do you make your relationship stays healthy?

Slow And Steady Wins Their Heart

How do time and commitment play into your relationship?

Slow And Steady Wins Their Heart, Part 2

How do you grow in physical and emotional intimacy, without damaging the relationship?

Dating FAQ

Want to know how to be a good kisser, where to take someone on a first date, or how to make a long-term relationship work? It's all covered here.