BRENT STOLLER

Writer. Advice giver. Peanut butter and chocolate enthusiast.

Advice for the Modern Man: The No. 1 Rule About Breakups

Breakup

Breakups are an all-or-nothing thing. You’re either broken up, or you’re not; there is no happy middle ground. If you want to reap their benefits, and if you want to move forward, you have to follow through on them, no matter how tough it gets.

And when you do, you might be pleasantly surprised by what happens.

Advice for the Modern Man: Dinner With Friends? Follow These Rules

Dinner With Friends

For what’s supposed to be an enjoyable experience, going to dinner with friends can turn stressful, especially when you don’t make a lot of money. Picking the restaurant, deciding what to order, paying the bill — it all adds to the anxiety.

What follows is a set of guidelines both the haves and have-nots can adhere to in order to keep the communal dining experience palatable — for everyone.

Advice for the Modern Man: Can You Keep Up With a Younger Woman?

Exhaustion

“I’m 20 and my boyfriend is 32. Since we’re so far apart in age, our maturity levels could be vastly different. What are some ‘immature’ things we could do together to help me see if we can make this relationship work?”

Read on for four challenges that will reveal if this girl’s older boyfriend is up to the task.

Advice for the Modern Man: The Covenant of the Key

Grand Gesture

When you’re dating someone, you’re constantly on the lookout for signs that your partner is right for you.

And while the perfect gift or display of affection can make your heart sing, the most successful relationships are built on much more than random grand gestures.

Advice for the Modern Man: The Living Years

Sunset

There are no perfect people, and there are no perfect relationships. What matters, though, is how we manage and overcome those imperfections to remain close to those we love the most.

Because, as Mike and the Mechanics explain, “It’s too late when we die to admit we don’t see eye to eye.”