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How to Make Long-Distance Relationships Work

As Vida’s international matchmaker, I am often connecting people that live in different cities, and often different countries. In order for these relationships to flourish, the people involved have to be open-minded that a long-distance relationship CAN work.

Christmas Markets & the City

There are some real Christmas Market weekend getaway gems, but with being so busy getting ready for the festive season take the planning pressure off and stay at home. Here are a couple of my favourite markets and where to experience the best winter brrrrrrrunch close by. Festive romance abounds!

Love in the City of Angels

Dating can be a tricky game. This is true no matter where you are. But dating in Los Angeles comes with its own unique set of trials and tribulations.

5 hot first dates: Manchester

At The Vida Consultancy, we understand our clients have vastly different preferences and tastes when it comes to choosing a date spot. Here are five of our favourites from around Manchester.

How Shared Values Lead to Successful Relationships

Love is the product of the interaction between a myriad of complex forces – of which one prime example is shared values.

When Love Languages Don’t Align

Do you find yourself tripping up in the effort to express love? As a professional psychologist, I delve into how to move forward in a relationship when your love languages do not align.

Fireworks and Gratitude

At Vida we are definitely international, which means we love our members and friends to experience the best of all celebrations throughout the year. November the 5th in the UK is what we call Bonfire Night, a celebration of a foiling of the plot to destroy parliament celebrated with a big fire and an often-huge firework display. In the US and with American friends in London we love Thanksgiving. But where to go to enjoy the festivities? Here are my top tips:

Are Matchmakers Now Preferred Over Dating Apps?

It's a well-known fact that millions of people are now signed up to free dating apps. They were once signposted as the easiest way to ‘find love’ and it was thought that meeting ‘the one’ would become easier thanks to these dating apps.

Happiness and the Pursuit of Love

What is happiness?

It is a question that has befuddled us since time immemorial. At its heart, though, simply lies the need to understand how best to live our lives.

The Five Love Languages: My Take as a Professional Matchmaker

As a professional matchmaker at an elite dating agency, I am always keeping abreast of the latest psychological research into romantic relationships. As we each perceive and feel love in different ways, the key to a great relationship is to learn to speak the ‘language’ of the other person.

Autumnal Romance in the City

Romance in the movies have the edge when the scenes are set in an autumnal setting ablaze in red, yellow and orange. But where to find the perfect spot to experience this on both sides of the pond? Leafy vistas with fireside dining and cosy weekend away accommodation is what we dream of at this time of the year. If you want to stay close to home, take a stroll through the leaves with me as I reveal my top tips for autumnal romance in the city.

Moving to New York: A Change in Dating Culture

American or not, dating in New York City can be a shock to the system for anyone who isn’t a fully-fledged, self-described, all-out New Yorker. Ultimately, only one thing can prepare you for dating in NYC: dating in NYC.

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