Who doesn’t love a good romantic story? Whether it’s a complex saga, filled with drama and suspense or a fluffy, feel-good rom-com, we long to be swept away into these fantasy worlds.

But romantic stories offer so much more than a way to escape reality—they teach us valuable lessons about some of love’s toughest lessons and give us a sense of what we want from our own love lives.

As social creatures, we learn more from stories that are personal and emotionally gripping. For this week’s episode, I’ve put together a list of five lessons we can learn from classic love stories, based on the most common and recurring themes that I’ve seen in books and movies.