Dating can feel a bit overwhelming at times, but the good news is that there are ways to turn it into a rewarding experience in every sense.
So whether you’re new to the dating scene or are more of a seasoned dater, it’s important to live by (and date by) these seven essential rules.
If you feel as though you’re never going to meet someone of quality and that every date you go on is going to be a disaster, these negative expectations will likely become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Just don’t overdo it, and remember that humor and tone don’t always come through in a text.“[Texting] is a great way to flirt, maybe give them a taste of who you are,” says dating coach Chrisler.However, if you opt to keep an optimistic mindset, your date will feed off of your positive energy and the entire experience will be far more pleasant on all counts.And speaking of a positive attitude, it’s also important that you look at dating as an opportunity to have some fun.Foltz, 29, says it can be tricky, but that gender norms are still at play.
“I have a more masculine energy, so I usually pay on the first date,” she says.
In other words, you shouldn’t feel pressured or obligated to move faster than you’d like to and/or engage in any activity that you’re not ready for, and that goes for both in and out of the bedroom.
Remember, if you want to have a shot at turning a dating relationship into a serious commitment, you get to call the shots and go at your own pace.
One key rule when it comes to dating is to create more opportunities to meet more potential people.
And that means breaking out of your comfort zone and making yourself open and available to meet new guys and gals and have new experiences.
“[But] they’re not a great way to go deep or get to know the person’s personality.” Chris Donahue, a 28-year-old writer from Brooklyn, believes men should still foot the bill, at least on the first date.