8 Meet-Cutes That Will Remind You True Love Exists Outside Of Romantic Comedies
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One of my biggest weaknesses is a good love story. Although I refuse to watch "The Notebook" because I know from past experience I won't be able to stop crying, I love hearing about someone's love story. As cheesy as this sounds, I have come to find that there is something incredibly special about an individual sharing a personal detail like their love life with you. All love stories are different, having their own unique details that accompany them. You might absolutely despise the person like Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly in "You've Got Mail" or Noah's instant infatuation with Allie in "The Notebook."

Although romantic-comedies can give you all types of feels, I think the real world might have some better love stories to tell. As I often do, I turned to social media and asked my friends and followers to share their stories with me. The answers that I got would put the writers of "Love Actually" to shame.

Here are the cutest stories of how people met their significant others:

1. "I hated him in middle school."

"I hated him in middle school because every time he got off the bus he would hit me with his book bag."

Isn't that how most stories start? One friend told me that she didn't even realize that her boyfriend was the same boy who rode the same bus with her until after they started dating. Although this couple officially met when she was helping out his teacher, you could say they have some history. Now they are engaged and planning their wedding.

2. "I saw him in the halls."

"I had a crush on him in 7th grade, and he liked me too! The rest is history."

Some love stories start young. One friend told me she met her boyfriend while still in middle school. Now, they are both in college and still dating. Watching the two of them together is adorable, and you can tell how much they care for one another.

3. "We met on a blind date."

"The jelly bean test!"

I have to admit; this one might be my favorite response since it is kind of the reason I'm on this earth. My parents were set up on a blind date right before my mom started college. My mom was 17, and my dad was 18. They have been together ever since. For the men reading this, here is a tip: let the girl eat all the good flavored snacks. She won't forget it.

4. "We met at an Orlando City Grab-a-date, but she wasn't my date."

This story happens to be another one of my favorite on this list. For those who might not be familiar with the term "grab-a-date," in Greek life, fraternities and sororities have these events where they invite someone to an event. Despite what movies make it seem like, you don't literally grab some stranger off the street and take them somewhere. There is planning involved. In this case, my friend saw someone on his grab-a-date (who's also one of my friends) and fell head over heels for her. Sometimes, you know and that is precisely what happened here. Of course, her side of the story is a little different, claiming she yelled at him for wearing a green shirt.

5. "He came to a workshop I taught."

A friend of mine was teaching a workshop about girlhood and femininity in war zones and her now-boyfriend showed up. "We just had this chemistry even though we'd never spoken before, just like of this visceral reaction to each other."

Side note: she writes and he acts. It's a match made in heaven.

6. "Yoga class!"

"I couldn't concentrate every time he came in. He was magnificent."

Who doesn't fantasize about meeting your future husband in a yoga class? Another story I heard was from a couple who is has been married for three years and is expecting a child. They met in a yoga class and later connected at a birthday party and Instagram. She fell in love with his confidence, slight cockiness, and of course his charm.

7. "Class, he didn't have an umbrella while it was raining so I offered to walk together to our dorms."

"Freshman year of college we were in a class together, and he was wearing a shirt from a high school next to my house back home. We started talking about that and turns out that his house back home was 10 minutes away from mine. After class was over, I saw that he sighed when he saw it was raining outside since he didn't have an umbrella. I asked him if he lived on campus and if he wanted to walk with me under my umbrella. During the walk, we found out that we had so much in common and some of my best friends were people that he played sports with as a little kid. It felt like I had known him my whole life from this one conversation. Weird how the universe does that kind of thing."

Are you kidding me? I cannot handle this cuteness. Sometimes you have to trust the universe. Three years later they are still together.

Of course, some answers I got were pretty funny.

8. "Once I have, I'll let you know."

You don't have to be in a relationship to appreciate a great love story. As little kids, we watch Fairy Tales and come to crave that "Happily Ever After." Although I am well aware a story continues after the credits roll—I think that is why real life love stories are better than ones in movies. They contain the ups and downs of a couples love. No relationship is perfect, but a good one can stand up against the challenges of everyday life.

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Subtle Ways You May Be Disrespecting Your Friend's Relationship

If they make your friend happy, you shouldn't be doing these things.

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No ones significant other wants to tell them they don't like their friends. And trying to tell anyone not to hang out with the people they're closest too is a disaster waiting to happen.

Some people really just don't like their friend's partner, but others have no idea the damage they may be doing to the relationship. If you are more aware of some things to avoid, hopefully, you, your friend, and their partner can all get along in peace.

1. When you see your friend, make sure to acknowledge their partner.

To be honest, this is a basic courtesy. If you go to say hi to anyone in a group of people, it is polite to greet, or at least acknowledge, everyone there. If you completely ignore that your friend's partner is even there, it will make them feel awkward and neglected. Just say hi.

2. Don't be overly touchy-feely with your friend, especially around their partner.

Obviously, this mostly applies to friends of the opposite sex (for heterosexual couples). Look, there is nothing wrong with having friends of the opposite sex but just know your boundaries. You may think your friend's partner is being jealous for no reason, but are you doing anything that might make them uncomfortable?

You don't need to always have your arm around them or be leaned up against them. It is really inappropriate to kiss them on the cheek or give them super long hugs, even if that is something you did before they had a partner, and even if it is completely platonic.

You can still hug and be close to your friend, just be respectful of their boundaries. If you don't give their partner any reason to be jealous then they will have no basis to dislike you.

3. If you invite your friend somewhere, it is polite to also invite their partner.

Even if you assume your friend's partner is going to come, it is nice to make them feel welcomed. And if you don't want their partner to come, make sure they are not together or planning to be together when you invite your friend.

You don't have to always have their partner around, but don't make it a habit of not inviting them. If they don't feel welcomed around their partner's friends, then they probably won't feel as confident in their relationship.

4. Don't ever bring up your friend's past relationships, especially around their partner.

Even if they are on good terms. Even if you are still friends with their ex. Just don't bring them up. No one wants to hear about their partner's past relationships or flings. It is embarrassing and uncomfortable to have to hear about your partner's exes.

5. If you are all out together, don't try to separate your friend from their partner.

There is a good chance that if you are out with your friend and their partner, their partner does not know many people there. If that is the case, don't try to separate your friend from their partner.

There may be an exception if their partner has friends around too, or if they are outgoing and can talk to anybody easily, but otherwise, it is really awkward to be in that situation alone. They are with their partner for a reason, and it is nice to make their partner feel included as well.

Just don't make it a habit to always pull your friend away.

6. Don't put your friend in any awkward or risky situations.

If your friend is a cheater, that is not really any fault of yours. But don't be the friend who is known for putting your partnered friend in risky situations.

There is nothing wrong with going out occasionally with your friends, but it does not need to be a regular occurrence, especially if it makes their partner uncomfortable.

Along the same lines, if you know an ex-partner or fling will be there, you don't need to put your friend in that awkward situation. Just be aware of the situation and how it might make their partner feel.

To wrap up, you don't need to completely change your relationship with your friend just to make their partner happy; just make sure to be polite and respectful of their partner and their relationship.

These are some subtle things you may be doing that are hurting your friend's relationship that you don't even realize have negative consequences. Simply be more aware of some of these situations and how they could potentially make your friend's partner feel. After all, the best relationships are the ones where your partner's friends also become your friends.

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My BF And I Were 'Just Friends' And Now We're Celebrating Our One Year Anniversary

Dating my best friend was the best decision I have ever made.

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In August 2017, Brendan and I met. A group of friends invited him and me to go to Wendy's after a meeting for a school club. We talked the whole time — the conversation seemed endless in the best way possible. Later that night, I called him to ask him what water balloons I should buy for a celebration the next day. From that day forward, I cannot remember a day where I have not called him. It started off as nothing more as a platonic relationship from my perspective, but he would advocate otherwise.

Fast-forward to January 2018, Brendan and I started seeing each other outside of school. We would make up excuses and white lies to our friends and parents, saying that we were going to the library to study when really we would just sit in the parking lot and talk for hours until he had to drive me home. He became my best friend. I wanted to tell him everything — good news, bad news, stupid rants, my blonde moments, random and unfiltered thoughts. However, day-in and day-out, I kept denying that it was anything more than a friendship. Again, he would argue otherwise.

On April 27, 2018, I gave in.

We were sitting in his parked Dodge Durango, listening to a pop radio station. I was leaning over the center console to rest my head on his shoulder, and we were waiting for the sun to go down at a park. Abruptly, I looked over at him and ironically asked if he would be my boyfriend. For some reason, we did not tell our family or friends for about a month (sorry, Mum and Dad). I wish I would have realized it sooner, but regardless of timing, dating my best friend was the best decision I have ever made.

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Since then, our relationship has overcome insane distances.

Being 12 miles away turned into 1,601 miles when he went on a service trip to Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic this past summer. It went back to 12 miles for a little while. However, at the end of the summer, it turned into 413 miles when I moved to the University of Kentucky. In October, we were only a few feet apart as I hid behind his car in his school parking lot to surprise him. After I have returned and left home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break, he decided it was time for him to come to Lexington in March 2019.

All the time spent together and apart brings us to our one year — April 27, 2019.

Hey, Brendan: Although we will be 413 miles apart for it, happy one-year. You have been my rock and my best friend for the past 20-some months, and there are not enough thank you's that I can say to express how thankful I am that God put you in my life. I am so beyond grateful and appreciative for everything you have done and sacrificed for me and for us. I cannot wait to see where our journey will go next, but until then — here's to me and you. I love you. See you very very soon.

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