You may try and come up with solutions to their problems, suggesting raising grievances at work, helping with family matters, helping them come up with a financial plan, whatever, but sometimes the best support is the kind where you are just there for them to lean on.
It doesn't help anyone just to say 'It'll turn out fine', or 'you'll be okay when it all blows over'. When your partner is having a hard time, whatever it is, be there in a supportive role.
I have a tendency to mess with my hair when I get nervous, so I start running my hands through it.
An hour or so into the date, he looks me straight in the eyes and says: ' You have got to stop touching your hair because it's driving me crazy.
According to online dating site Match.com, more than 20,000 people register to use the site every day.
e Harmony says it has 20 million registered users on its roster and according to a recent study it commissioned, the dating site is responsible for 2 percent of all marriages in the United States.
I never went out with him again." For Allison, that night was the beginning of series of dating travails.
"I met this guy for drinks, and everything was going fine.
I don't know if I'm going to be able to control myself!
' I didn't know what to say to that, so I told him my friends were at the back of the bar, which they were.
"I didn't know how I was going to meet someone, especially when with what little free time I had I wanted to spend it with my friends." Heeding advice from friends living in New York City, Allison turned to the Internet.
"There weren't a lot of people using the Internet to date back then," she says.