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.

questions on eharmony
February 23, 2015

How to ‘Dig Deeper’ to Connect with Your Match

If you participate in eHarmony’s guided communication process, at some point, you’ll be prompted to ask and answer three open-ended questions known as “Dig Deeper.” As the name suggests, they’re intended to give you and your matches a chance to explore a topic near and dear to your hearts more thoroughly. Yet there’s an art […]

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loving yourself how to
January 28, 2015

Self-love 101: What It Really Means to ‘love Yourself’

If you’re looking for romantic love, you’ve probably heard the advice that the key to getting someone to love you is to love yourself first. Yet the phrase is thrown around so casually, it’s assumed we should all know what it means. However, the “how to” isn’t always obvious. At a basic level, it involves […]

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first date tips
January 5, 2015

How to Score More First Dates

You might think that planning a first date is a pretty routine affair these days. That’s because if you’re doing online dating, you’re going to go on a lot of them. Here’s how it should go down: Guy chats with girl. He suggests meeting. They settle on a place and time. They go on the […]

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holidays as a single advice
December 12, 2014

4 Things Savvy Daters Do During the Holidays

There’s something about the most wonderful time of the year that brings out the best and worst in single people. One day you’re feeling festive and bright at your colleague’s cookie exchange. Then you’re seized with deep longing as you stroll past the fake Christmas trees at your local big box store. “This year was […]

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November 20, 2014

A Word about ‘Sexy Talk': Treading the Line Between Flirtatious and Creepy

I recently had an enlightening discussion with a male friend about a recent video that went viral in which a woman recorded the male attention she received while strolling the streets of New York City. During the 10 straight hours she walked around with a hidden camera, she received a barrage of comments mostly about […]

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how to find love
November 12, 2014

Are You Sabotaging Your Chance at Love with This Destructive Habit?

When it comes to protecting yourself from loving the wrong person, you can forget solely relying on your list of deal-breakers. It turns out that our thoughts about ourselves are way more influential than we realize in determining the quality of person we connect with. I’m talking about the “not enough” greatest hits that haunt even […]

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first date advice
October 29, 2014

Don’t Let This Dumb Question Wreck Your First Date

The question seems innocent enough. You’re happily chatting away with your date when your server stops at your table, delivers your pumpkin ale and Malbec and asks, “Will you be ordering food?” If you’re a guy (and I’m assuming most men pay for the first date), you feel under pressure to ask your date if […]

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binge dating
October 8, 2014

Are You Binge-Dating? The Difference Between Going After Your Goals and Losing Your Mind

After my book about how egg freezing affects women’s lives came out last year, readers consistently told me that one of their favorite passages was about a woman who went on so many dates she had to create a spreadsheet to keep them all straight. She’d cut and paste thumbnail photos next to their names […]

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how to know if you should stay together or break up
October 1, 2014

Just ‘In Like’? How to Know When to Cut Bait

I don’t know why bad dates get all the attention because there’s another kind of date that’s almost as frustrating: the lukewarm date. The guy was nice. The evening was pleasant. The conversation was mildly entertaining. And of course, he wants to see you again. You start to say to yourself, “No thanks! I’m not […]

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relationships a waste of time
September 8, 2014

Think Your Last Relationship was a ‘Waste of Time’?

There are fewer heartwarming phrases found in online dating profiles than this gem: “Don’t waste my time!” It’s about as effective for warding off romantic disappointment as writing “Don’t lose interest in me” or “Don’t hurt my feelings” or “Don’t pretend to like football and then play on your phone when we watch games.” Wouldn’t […]

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