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Love can sometimes be inexplicable. It's that feeling, that hard tug in your chest, pulling you towards someone. While a relationship can be solidified over shared interests and common goals, that spark becomes a flame because of the incomputable actions they make. Your heart cries out to you when they do it, so pay attention. You might find the love of your life.


Reddit user, u/nisoli, wanted to hear about the beauty of love when they asked:

People of reddit, what is the most cherished memory with your SO, that still makes you happy to be them?

As Long As You're There

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Like two weeks ago my husband had surgery. When he woke up, he smiled at me and said, "I love you. Im glad you're here." It was just so unexpected and adorable. The man was loopy as hell and doesn't remember saying it now, but the first thing out of his mouth was appreciation. There's truth in Valium and I'm never going to not smile thinking about him saying that.

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It's Pet Destiny

When we went to the animal shelter to adopt a cat:

Of the numerous possibilities available, we instantly chose the same one - and Mr. Kitty adopted us, too!

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Passing Time Together

Last year, actually to the day, my boyfriend and I went to my best friends wedding in Kentucky. It was the first wedding I'd ever been to and I was so happy to see her find love, and now she has a baby girl! At the wedding, we didn't know anyone but the Bride, so we kind of just sat awkwardly to the side and talked. We are both kind of socially anxious and self conscious, so we didn't dance or anything.

We stayed for a few hours and went back to our hotel room. I asked him if he would slow dance with me, so I turned on some slow music on my phone, but on a low-light, and we slow danced for an hour. It was lovely.

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Never Leaving Your Side

I had a seizure and she was by my side, I remember coming to in the hospital and she was still by my side, she looked more afraid than me. Which scared me even more, but she never left me.

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Whoever Dealt It, Is It

She farted really loud at a wedding once just as the priest started talking. She calmly turned to the 7/8 yo next to her and whispered loudly "what did you have for breakfast?" Knew I had a keeper then :)

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He Came To Meet You? Nice.

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One day after work it was the worst weather we had had in ages. I had to walk home (didn't have a car then) and as I was walking home absolutely soaked to the bone I saw my SO with an umbrella walking to meet with me. He knew I was in a bad mood and being in the cold wet rain did not help so I am very thankful for that memory.

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Sometimes All It Takes Is A Helping Hand

Last year, I moved into an apartment for a new job in a new city and was mega stressed about money. About two weeks in, I broke down in front of one of my roommates about how scared I was about not being able to pay rent and how I didn't have anywhere else to go.

The next day, the roommate found me and said that if I ended up really needing it, he would pay my rent until I could afford it and I could just pay him back later.

I told him it was very kind of him to offer, and I'd think about it. Then I went back to my room and SOBBED.

It was the first time in a year that anyone had offered to help me out of the bad situation I was in. I barely knew this guy and I knew he wasn't trying to get anything out of me (we were both dating other people at the time and were barely acquaintances). He was just offering because he was a kind dude.

Months later, to the surprise of both of us, we ended up dating. He's my boyfriend now. I see him make similar offers to friends all the time, and is just genuinely a kind person who likes helping people. He asks that I not mention his offers to anyone, because he doesn't want to embarrass anyone for needing to borrow money. He's not rich - just a regular guy with a regular job and a kind heart.

I don't know if he even remembers that offer he made to me (never took him up on it), but I think about it every day. I'm so proud to have a partner who is kind to people without expecting anything in return.

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If They Let You Win, Then They're A Keeper

So I spent 2 weeks with my SO and I made him play monopoly. He doesn't like board games but I'm a big fan. I was talking about how they changed one of the pieces which used to be my go to. Honestly I didn't think he was paying attention because it was the stupidest thing. I go home and a few days later I get a package in the mail. He had bought me the little piece 🥺

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Fields Forever In Your Home

I was driving her through Northern California where I grew up. It was her first time there. We passed strawberry stands along the highway and I didn't think anything of it. Once, she put her hand up to the window as we passed one. I guess she didn't want to ask me to stop. I stopped. The rest of the ride she munched strawberries. One after another. When she would look at me and smile I swear I knew I would keep this woman in strawberries forever.

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Sometimes It's Not Just One Moment, It's All The Moments

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Admitting you are wrong and striving - and really working - to do better is an unfortunately rare thing. My SO does this. He's not perfect at it, but it's unrealistic to expect him to be. The important thing is that he's self-aware and genuinely, authentically works to better himself. So many guys think they're above feedback or self-betterment.

My single fondest moment, though, is one that is just an ordinary day considering where we live. We went to just park and sit on Sugar Beach (we live in south Maui.) An ordinary day, an ordinary sunset, but just being there with him was extraordinary. We know how amazingly lucky we are to live where we do, and we are grateful for it every day of our lives. A beautiful sunset, great music on the radio, good company. What more could anyone want?

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

What's the most traumatizing thing you experienced as a child?
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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

The truth is, being single is confusing, no matter how much we try to match. So let's try to understand...

Redditor u/Mcxyn wanted to discuss some truths about love and our own issues, by asking:

Why are you single?
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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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As part of the learning process, children often do embarrassing things before they learn a little more about the world and all the different implications therein. While the inappropriate moment is usually minor and ends in laugher some instances are truly mortifying.

One such instance involved a little sister who was around 6 at the time. It was the 90s and at the height of the youth-focused PSAs (think the frying egg representing your brain). One type was a safety PSA about stranger danger. The speaker would remind the children that if a stranger tried to take you anywhere to yell “Stop, you're not my mommy/daddy" to raise the alarm.

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