Friday, May 25, 2007

Thursday Talk Time - Harlequin Romance Report 2007 Pt 4


This week at The Pink Heart Society we look at what the Harlequin Romance Report 2007 had to say about Deconstructing Common Relationship Woes and five of the Hollywood Couples who have proved that love can stand the tests of time AND life

There's no refuting it says the Harlequin Romance Report - relationships are difficult. Couples fight and then make up only to repeat the cycle all over again. And we here at The Pink Heart Society all know that relationships these days take a lot of work, right? So what did the report have to say about Deconstructing Common Relationship Woes? Well - here goes...

What You Did...

It's Friday night and you and your partner have had a long week. On your way home, you decide to pick up a pizza and a case of beer. When you walk in your partner takes one look at your purchases, turns sour and leaves the room...

What You Should Have Done...

Sure, beer and pizza are fine for the days your both agree to it, but for a Friday Night is that really going to create any romance? Most likely not. So next time, grab a bottle of wine, some pasta and sauce from the grocery store and come home and make dinner... together. You can then spend the time cooking and talking together...

What You Did...

You get into a disagreement with your boss at work. You come home in a rotten mood and want to talk. Your partner is already at home watching TV. You sit down and start to unleash your day but notice that he/she is not really paying attention and you start to get mad...

What You Should Have Done...

Did it ever occur to you that your partner mighthave been having a bad day too and all they wanted to do was come home and camp in front of the television for a while? People deal with their problems differently and while you may be the type that needs to get everything off your chest, you should survey the situation and your partner before you offload your troubles.

What You Did...

Your partner likes to go out with friends at the weekend. Despite the face that he/she always makes the time for you, you want more. You've begun to pick fights about this, which leaves your partner feeling guilty or angry about going out without you...

What You Should Have Done...

You have to realize that your partner has a life of his/her own. More importantly you have to realize that you want your partner to be his/her own person - that's what makes someone interesting. While it's sweet you want to spend lots of time together, you do need time apart. Remember: absence makes the heart grow fonder, and being apart will only make you want each other more...

What You Did...

Your partner got tickets to see a favourite band and asked you to go too. You have no interest to see this band but agree to go anyway. You then pout and sulk throughout the entire show.

What You Should Have Done...

Once you agreed to go, you should have put on a happy face and made the best of a bad situation, OR you should have let your partner take someone else. You were asked to go because your partner wanted to spend time with you and share one of his/her interests. By going to the show with an open mind, you could have developed a new connection with your partner. In the future, you should give new experiences a chance... even if you do it just for your partner...

What You Did...

You regularly chat and flirt online with someone other than your partner.

What You Should Have Done...

According to the Harlequin Romance Report Survey, 30% of men and women would NOT forgive their significant other if he/she flirted with someone else - even if it was online. So they say, let's be honest here: you know what you were doing was wrong. Even if it is just harmless flirting, chances are you're still hurting your relationship and your partner. So re-evaluate your relationship and figure out what's making you stray...

What You Did...

You suspect your partner of keeping things from you. You 'accidentally' logged into their e-mail account and read their e-mails...

What You Should Have Done...

The last thing you should have done was go behind your partners back and read their personal e-mails. If you do truly believe that your partner is keeping things from you, you need to talk to him/her. Be open about your insecurities and where your insecurities are coming from. If you feel like you and your partner are growing apart or things are fading away, you have to start making an extra effort. Start spending quality time together: start going out on dates again. Even the smallest things can reopen the lines of communication.

The Harlequin Romance Report gave us five celeb couples this year to help us re-affirm our belief in long lasting love... and we here at The Pink Heart Society whole-heartedly agree with their choices... And can't help but wonder what celeb couple will last as long... Any suggestions? Katie and Tom? Brad and Angelina? Victoria and David? What do you think gang?


Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward...

Having one of Hollywood's longest Marriages on record, this year Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward up the ante and celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary! Both admit that sexiness and beauty fade but the love they have for each other has been able to stand the test of time. Paul and Joanne cite laughter and joy as the glue to their relationship...

David Bowie and Iman...

These two break the norms and prove that even the unlikeliest pair - and English Catholic rock star and a Somalian Muslim model - can keep love burning for over 14 years. After Iman finally accepted Bowie's backstage pass to his show in L.A. Bowie fell head over heels for the model. Married two years later in 1992, they are the epitome of the graciously glamorous couple living true love...


Warren Beatty and Annette Bening...

Warren Beatty is almost as famous for his love life as he is for his movie-making, but Annette Bening was the woman to put an end to Beatty's playboy lifestyle. Beatty claims it took mere minutes to fall in love with Annette after meeting her on the set of Bugsy in 1991, and what began as a secret romance turned into marriage a year later. Ten years and four children later, they claim to be as happy as newlyweds...

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn...

The age-old adage 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' is what Kurt Russell stands by when it comes to his relationship with Goldie Hawn. Their relationship began on the set of Swing Shift, and over the last 20 years they have adopted one another's children from previous marriages, including actress Kate Hudson, and have one son together. Having both experienced failed attempts at walking down the aisle, they know what they have together works and have said no to marriage. And in fairness, after 20 years together, who can argue with them?

Tim Robbins And Susan Sarandon...

Proving that men aren't the only ones that can date younger, Susan Sarandon, who is twelve years older than Robbins, believes that the age gap opens each partner to new experiences. Life imitated art when these two, who played lovers in the 1988 baseball movie Bull Durham, began an off-screen affair. They've shared 18 years together, raising two children and proving that love knows no boundaries when it comes to age.

So who'll be here in 20 years time we wonder??? Now due to space restrictions we're going to bring you the results of last weeks Inner Romantic Test next week when we'll be visiting the Harlequin Romance Report for the last time with a look at the New Romantic Man in 2007!!!!



Thirteen Love Songs for the Romance Revolution
from the
HARLEQUIN ROMANCE REPORT 2007!!

1. Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney

2. Fix You - Coldplay

3. Never Tear Us Apart - INXS

4. Underneath It All - No Doubt

5. All I Want Is You - U2

6. Come To My Window - Melissa Etheridge

7. Piece Of My Heart - Janis Joplin

8. Cowboy Take Me Away - The Dixie Chicks

9. Thank You For Loving Me - Bon Jovi

10. Something - The Beatles

11. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

12. Somebody - Depeche Mode

13. Tiny Dancer - Elton John

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. Jenna Bayley-Burke

2. Trish Wylie

3. Elle Fredrix

2 comments:

  1. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness married in 1996 and seem to be going strong.

    Hugh Laurie and Jo Green married in 1989 and have three children together. Though it must be tough living much of the year apart while he films 'House'.

    Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis married in 1995 and there's no whisper of trouble.

    All good!!

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