Dating Dos and Don’ts

The world of dating can be fun and exciting as you meet new people and maybe even a potential spouse. It can also be stressful or frustrating for some people. Here are a few dating dos and don’ts that can help you meet people and have successful dates:

• Take up offers and opportunities to meet new people. If your friends invite you to a party or your co-worker offers to set you up with her best friend, don’t shoot down the idea right away. Putting yourself in social situations and being open to new experiences are the best ways to meet new people and explore potential relationships.
• Be a good listener. When you’re on a date or in a relationship, it’s important to be a good listener and ask your date questions. This shows that you are interested in getting to know your date. It’s a sure way to learn more about the person sitting in the booth across from you.
• Remember your manners. If you’re a man, open doors and be on time to pick up your date. If you’re a woman, don’t make your date wait 15 minutes when he arrives because you’re not finished getting ready. Don’t check your cell phone or send text messages in the middle of your date. Bad manners can end a relationship before it even begins.
• Always be honest. If you didn’t feel a love connection after your first couple of dates or if you don’t want to continue seeing someone, be honest about it. Don’t just ignore calls or keep putting someone off. Simply say something like, “I had a great time with you, but I just don’t see this going anywhere.” This allows your date to pursue someone else.

Applying these tips can help you be a better date and develop strong relationships.

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