Finding the right romantic partner is often a difficult journey, for several reasons.Perhaps you grew up in a household where there was no role model of a solid, healthy relationship and you doubt that such a thing even exists.

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Fact: While there are health benefits that come with being in a healthy relationship, many people can be just as happy and fulfilled without being part of a couple.

Despite the stigma in some social circles that accompanies being single, it’s important not to enter a relationship just to “fit in.” Being alone and being lonely are not the same thing.

Dating’s hard enough without the emotional baggage you may be bringing to the table.

And when you’re having trouble finding a love connection, it’s all too easy to buy into the destructive myths out there about dating and relationships.

Emotions can change and deepen over time, and friends sometimes become lovers—if you give those relationships a chance to develop. Fact: Women and men feel similar things but sometimes express their feelings differently, often according to society’s conventions.

But both men and women experience the same core emotions such as sadness, anger, fear, and joy. Fact: Love is rarely static, but that doesn’t mean love or physical attraction is doomed to fade over time.As we age, both men and women have fewer sexual hormones, but emotion often influences passion more than hormones, and sexual passion can become stronger over time.Myth: I didn’t feel close to my parents, so intimacy is always going to be uncomfortable for me.It's also important to recognize that relationships are never perfect and always require lots of work, compromise, and a willingness to resolve conflict in a positive way.To find and build any relationship worth keeping, you may need to start by re-assessing some of your misconceptions about dating and relationships that can prevent you from finding lasting love: It’s better to have a bad relationship than no relationship.Fact: It’s never too late to change any pattern of behavior.