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Love and relationships

Love comes in many different forms. The people you love are usually the ones you feel happiest with. They're the people you want to spend time with, who you couldn't bear to lose - the ones you really care about.

Of course you can also love someone if they treat you badly or make you feel sad. And you can experience very different kinds of love – for your parents, your family, your friends, or for a pet, as well as for a partner.

There's no one-size-fits-all formula in relationships, and what works for one couple might not work for another.

Usually a relationship starts when two people fall in love. They may begin seeing each other on dates. In some cultures a couple can live together and have a sexual relationship without being married. In others, couples get married before they live together or have a family.

Unfortunately, not all relationships last forever. There are all sorts of reasons why relationships end, and breaking up can be a painful process.

In this section you can find out more about all the stages of a relationship, from dating to breaking up.