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No one knows love better than the stars of Korean dramas. Here are the best tips we learned from Korean love stories that you can also watch on Disney+

There is something therapeutic about watching an adorable love story unfold in a Korean drama. From the swoon-worthy actors to the adorable gestures of female leads and (sometimes) cliqued storylines. We love to love Korean dramas.

Watch these shows enough and you’ll see that embedded in these stories are some key life lessons about love and dating. The tips include everything from not making assumptions about the new people you meet to always being your authentic selves.

Below, we list some of the biggest lessons in love we have learned just by watching K-dramas. You're welcome.

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1. Don't make assumptions

We live in a world where online dating is our primary mode of meeting new people. As a result, we often find ourselves making assumptions about people based on their profiles without really giving ourselves a chance to get to know them.

You might want to take a leaf from Yeong-ro’s book if that sounds like you. In Snowdrop, the way lovebirds Yeong-ro and Soo Ho met seemed to be written in the stars. However, it was also horrifying, to say the least, with Soo Ho rolling into the university’s women’s dormitory covered in blood. 

Thankfully, Yeong-ro decided not to jump to conclusions and heard him out which led to the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Watch it here.

2. Take that chance

You’d be hardpressed to find someone who hasn’t experienced the pain of having a crush on someone but not being brave enough to take that chance with them.

If you need a push to confess your feelings to someone special, check out Soundtrack #1 which might just give you the courage you need. 

In the show, Sun-woo finally confesses his feelings to his childhood friend, Eun-soo. While he knows that he is putting their friendship at risk if his love is unrequited, he does it anyway and it pays off. 

While these chances sometimes pay off and sometimes don’t, at the end of the day, you won’t be left wondering what if and that is what makes it worth it.

Watch it here.

3. Trust your instincts

We often like to dismiss our gut feelings, brushing them off as stress, anxiety or maybe even indigestion. However, our body knows what (and who) we need and don’t and it’s important to listen to its cues.

For example, in Kiss Sixth Sense, when Min-hu finally trusted his gut enough to tell his junior colleague Yesool that he missed her, they were able to admit that they had feelings for each other. This ended up being the beautiful beginning of a wonderful office romance. 

Watch it here.

4. Communication is important

When it comes to relationships, we all know that the most important thing you need to do is communicate and Tae-jun’s struggles in Going To You At A Speed Of 493KM exemplify that perfectly. 

In the series, we see Tae-jun struggling following a difference in opinion with his badminton teammate and lover Tae-yang. However, the pair are constantly in communication which keeps them aligned and on the track for success both on the court and in love. 

Watch it here.

5. Love is a choice

Ask any couple that has been together for a number of years and they will tell you that the secret to lasting love is simply choosing each other every day. Love, after all, is a choice and not a feeling. 

In Bloody Heart, we see this when Yoo Jeong decides to return to the palace to profess her feelings for Lee Tae after finding out his father murdered her parents.

Their star-crossed and complex romance reminds us to see the good in the ones we love every day and to choose each other daily no matter what.

Watch it here

6. Be honest

Hands up if you’ve ever found yourself in a tricky romantic situation simply because you were not honest with yourself and your partner? Being dishonest only leads to problems and nothing sums it up more than Doctor Lawyer.

In the show, Seo-kyeong confronts her fiancée, Yi-han, after a surgery he performs on her brother fails and he dies. However, Yi-han chose to not tell her the truth which led to a series of unfortunate events that end with him having to admit to being a murderer. This leads to the couple breaking up, something that may not have happened if he had been honest with her from the beginning.  

Watch it here.

7. Be yourself

Finally, the most important dating tip you can glean from Korean dramas is that it is so important to be yourself no matter what.

In Link: Eat, Love, Kill, Gye-hoon and Da-hyun meet unexpectedly. This leads to a series of awkward interactions that allow the audience to see their funny, jealous, fun and unhappy selves primarily because they were themselves around each other. Being able to truly be yourself around your partner is what will ultimately make your relationship last. 

Watch it here

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