Inspired by Dolly Alderton's magnificent book, which you should most definitely read.
Relationships can be hard, but love is easy. If it's not easy, it's probably not love.
It is always better to tell someone that you love them than it is to keep it to yourself. You will regret it far more if you don't than if you do. Taking a risk is scary, but life (and love) is for the brave.
Love cannot be sustained by two people alone. You cannot be all things to one person. It takes a village.
Love the person in front of you. Not who you want them to be, or who they used to be, or who they might be.
Dating is hard. No single person ever needs advice from someone in a relationship. Lend your ear, tell them they are loved, but keep your advice to yourself.
Sometimes two good people can be bad for each other. Not all exes (yours or your friends') are terrible humans, although some of them are. Find the people that bring out the good, rather than the bad, out of you and hold onto them instead.
Chick flicks are really not a good representation of relationships and love, but they'll still make you cry, every time.
How to stay in love: Try to be kind. Forgive more often. Laugh a lot. Know that you are wrong as often as you are right.
In a relationship, you will have to commit to spending time with their family, their friends, watching their favourite TV shows. It's okay, because they will do the same for you. (If they don't, you should reassess the relationship.)
Watching the person you love become a parent will make you fall in love even more than you can imagine. Loving a tiny person together is the greatest joy. You will be parents together forever (so choose carefully, if you can).
Generosity and kindness and sense of humour will go further in love than anything else.
Everyone is loveable. Everyone is fanciable. Including you. Especially you.
It's easy to be lazy in love. If you want it to last, make an effort. But not more effort than the other person in the grand scheme of the relationship.
Motherhood will help you find deep wells of love that you never knew existed. Not just for your baby but also for everyone else around you.
Love really is all around us. Take a second look.