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Dating Habits to Ditch and Dating Habits to Save
When it comes to dating, whether you realize it or not, you are creating habits along the way. Do you see yourself doing the same things date after date after date? If so, these might be the habits that are preventing you from turning the “getting to know you phase” into the “relationship phase.”
If you find yourself walking away from a series of dates gone wrong, it’s time you take a closer look and evaluate which areas need a tune up. Being self-aware stops you from sabotaging yourself with unintentional mistakes. To make it easy, check out these five off-putting dating practices and replace them with our five practices for dating success:
If you’re making assumptions about your date based on what they’ve posted on social media or what you’ve heard from other people, before allowing yourself to actually get to know them, you may be your own worst enemy. Stop setting your date up for failure and instead focus on living in the moment; that’s the best way to determine if the two of you are connecting.
While saying you’re sorry is important to having good manners, saying it too often can be a turnoff and the start of an unhealthy relationship pattern.
Exaggerating the Truth
No matter how much or how little you stretch the truth, no one wants to date a liar. The same goes for being overly dramatic. Dates aren’t the place or time for drama, so leave it to the reality TV!
Skipping the Spontaneity
The problem with not trying new things is that you never know what you’re missing out on. Taking a few careful risks on a date – like taking a stroll around town instead of a taxi or going to a restaurant you wouldn’t normally try – can make the whole experience more fun. So get out there, be flexible, and live in the moment!
Moving Too Fast
Falling in love with someone is an incredible feeling, so don’t ruin it by rushing into anything. The trick to getting a call back is to keep them wanting more. If you’re looking for a long-term commitment, don’t give it all away in the short-term.
Believing Anything is Possible
The world is your oyster – get out there and enjoy it. Your love life will thank you.
Meet New People
Increase your chances of meeting Mr. or Mrs. Right by putting yourself out there more. Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince, right?
Dress for Success
Look great, feel exceptional. First impressions are huge, and the way you present yourself is especially important on a date, so make sure you put your best self forward. No matter how many first dates you’ve been on, make sure you’re not getting lazy, and instead treat each date like a new experience.
One key to dating success: actively listening to what your date is saying. Conversations should be comfortable on a first date, so ask questions, share personal details and engage!
Make a Romantic Gesture
Who doesn’t love a sweet gesture? Show your interest level and put in the extra effort to make your date feel special.
Let’s face it, it’s natural for dating to have its ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have more of the ups than of the downs. Shake up your dating habits, these tips can help!
By Christi Schreckengost, Matchmaker and Dating Expert
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