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.

sunday single person
April 15, 2016

Why Sundays Are the Loneliest Day of the Week

It’s a myth that date-less Saturday nights feel the most depressing when you’re unattached. I’ve heard many daters claim those long stretches of Sunday solitude are worse. That’s especially the case if you’re newly single and your former Sunday Fun Days suddenly have big gaping holes in them. Maybe you and your ex used to […]

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starting to online date
April 6, 2016

Can’t Get Started? How to Ease Into Online Dating

A woman I’ll call Amanda had an inbox full of matches who were interested in getting to know her. Every few weeks, an email would bait her with this message: “eHarmony Icebreaker received: Jeff can’t stop smiling.” But Amanda was perfectly content to let him keep on smiling. She wouldn’t even log on to her […]

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online dating and being nice
March 25, 2016

Online Dating: 6 Ways We Can All Be Nicer to Each Other

Most people don’t intend to be jerks when they start online dating. But in a whirlwind of elusive communication, evasive e-mails and dropped texts, we unknowingly might be leaving behind a trail of bruised or miffed feelings – or just unnecessary unpleasantness that doesn’t help a process that’s already hard on the heart. The slights […]

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when a relationship ends
March 9, 2016

Why Do the End of Mini Relationships Hurt So Much?

On a recent meeting with a friend, I learned about the last woman who’d broken his heart. “How long had you gone out?” I asked, expecting to hear a story about several years of shared holidays, family vacations, and marriage talk. His answer: Two months “Two months?” I exclaimed. “But how can you know someone […]

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heart open to love
February 24, 2016

Is Your Heart Open to Love?

There’s been a lot of chatter lately about how being vulnerable can help you connect with someone. Sociologist Brené Brown’s TEDx speech “The Power of Vulnerability” is one of the most watched talks ever, and psychologist Arthur Aron also received a lot of attention with his claim that you could quickly fall in love with […]

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onlinedatingstigma
January 22, 2016

Not Sure About Online Dating? Keep it to Yourself!

If you’re new to online dating, you might have wrestled with the decision to join a site before you actually got up the nerve to post a profile. You might have wondered whether it would help you meet quality people. Even if you’re already chatting with matches, you still might be feeling ambivalent about whether […]

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great new years resolutions
December 21, 2015

Hate New Year’s Eve? Find a Better Reason for the Season

It’s not you. It’s the holiday. Many people aren’t a fan of the evening’s overpriced dinners and silver glittery parties. Yet being single on the most scripted of nights brings a special kind of agony. At midnight, when sweethearts start smooching, it can feel as if the DJ just announced, “Hands up if you do […]

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nosy relatives
December 15, 2015

Annoyed by Nosy Relatives? Here’s How to Take Back Your Holiday

What’s worse than random strangers at a holiday party grilling you about your love life? It’s your family inquiring: “Are you dating anyone?” Never mind that these are presumably some of the most important people in your life who genuinely care about you. Even the most secure singles can feel as if they’re attending an […]

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phone etiquette for dates
October 30, 2015

Going Old School: How to Be a Better Phone Date

People love to complain about how we’ve become too attached to our phones. The funny thing is that many of us don’t really like to actually talk on them. Even if we used to love to chat into the wee hours as teenagers, the convenience of texting, Messenger, Snapchat, and WhatsApp has converted many people into […]

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online dates search
October 20, 2015

Are You Trying Too Hard in Dating?

I was recently at a friend’s wedding when I joined the bride’s friends in a discussion about her single days. “She was terrible to go out with,” exclaimed one. “Don’t you remember how she’d drag us all to a bar, do a lap to see if there were any guys worth meeting and then exclaim […]

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