Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Posts by Sarah Elizabeth Richards

Sarah Elizabeth Richards is a journalist and the author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Slate and Salon.

online dating tips
October 12, 2016

How Online Dating Makes You a Better Person

For most people, the main goal of online dating is finding romantic love. Yet there are other benefits of online dating that we tend to overlook, such as helping you become a better human being. Okay, I know that taking stock of your personal growth provides little comfort when you were hoping for a second […]

what's your dating story?
September 20, 2016

‘What’s Your Story?’ Here’s What They Really Want to Know!

“So what’s your story?” your date innocently asks. The question seems so simple, so delightfully inquisitive even. I’ve been asked it on dates, at networking events and family reunions. Yet I happen to find the question infuriating! I feel as if I’m being asked to neatly summarize the events of my life, including my professional […]

Young girl with outspread hands standing on haystack (intentional sun glare and lens flares)
September 13, 2016

Feel Out of Place With Your Peers? Why That’s Good For Dating

“I don’t know where I’m supposed to go,” my date confessed across the table several years ago. “I don’t know where my tribe is anymore.” He was in his mid-40s without kids and newly single after a long relationship and tumultuous breakup. He didn’t know where he would have the best chance to meet new […]

september dating and romance
September 7, 2016

Why September is the Best Month to Date

Summer is suddenly over, and your Facebook feed is flooded with “Back to School” photos. Although no one posts “Continuing to Work” photos when you’re an adult, the beginning of September brings a fresh energy of renewal and focus that’s perfect to apply to dating. Why not start a “Back to Dating” tradition by posting […]

August 30, 2016

Why You Should Ditch Your ‘Type’

If you ask someone what they’re looking for in a romantic partner, you’ll receive dramatically different answers. One person will have a vague notion of “I’ll know it when I see it.” Another will have a typed list of strict criteria they consult in the bathroom during dates. Yet another will try to find a […]

burnt out on online dating
August 10, 2016

Are You a Lazy Dater?

Recently I was chatting with a circle of women I met at a charity event when the conversation inevitably turned to relationships and dating. When the topic of online dating came up, a contest broke out among several women about who could be the most apathetic dater. “I don’t really feel like dealing with it […]

August 8, 2016

How to Decode Dating Profile Buzzwords: Which Ones Really Matter

“It will never work,” my friend told me after I asked her about a recent match. “He wrote that he likes athletic women.” “But you’re athletic,” I protested. “You’re always hiking and taking spinning classes.” “But I’m not super toned,” she replied. “That’s what athletic means.” I thought “athletic” meant “active” – as in her […]

July 11, 2016

Do You Seem Too Busy to Date?

Yes, we are all busy, busy. We have jam-packed schedules full of work, travel, family commitments, exercise, social activities, personal development goals, and so many good TV shows. It’s amazing that anyone finds time to date! Well, it turns out we’re not any less time-starved than before – at least compared to 14 years ago […]

fun date
July 6, 2016

How to Be a Fun Date

Been on a good date lately? If so, I bet you’re likely to describe it as “fun.” We rarely characterize early dates as being “meaningful” or “bonding,” although those words might be better indicators of the potential for a close relationship. That’s because we live in a culture that places a premium on the word […]

fun dating profile
June 6, 2016

‘What Do You Do For Fun?’ No, Really! What Do You Do?

Have you ever given your dates a blank stare when they asked, “What do you do for fun?” Yes, it sounds like the simplest of questions, but it can be the one of the most stressful to answer. Maybe you think back to what you did last Sunday, and you come up with this list: […]