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Why You Should Never Talk Badly About Your Date’s Family

When it comes to the family you grew up with, you can probably list the most frustrating traits of every member. But when it comes to someone else’s family, be careful! Talking “smack” about family members is one of those hot-button issues that is loaded with landmines. It’s one of…

‘No One Has Time For a Relationship’

Dear Sara: I’m a 63-year-old gentleman, retired from health care and living alone in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Sadly, my last real long-term relationship ended over a year ago, and it seems virtually impossible to meet a quality woman near both my age and home location. My friends reassure…

When Your Date Acts Like Someone Else with Their Friends

In your dating history, you may have seen someone briefly who acted like a totally different person around their friends, or you could be with that person now. The point is that this is a fairly common problem, which means that most people will brush up against this in the…

How Self-Kindness Leads to Love: 7 Ways to Get There

  You’ve probably heard the phrase “put your own oxygen mask on first,” but how are you really putting this advice into practice? How you treat and feel about yourself directly affects the quality of your relationships. Your relationship with yourself sets the bar for how you allow others to…

‘I’m in My 30s and Have No Dating Experience!’

Dear Sara: I’m 32-years-old and have zero dating experience—like, I’ve been on three first dates. I’m not ugly. I’m actually quite pretty. I am plus-size but not morbidly obese, so it’s not like I haven’t been asked out. I have been. Not a lot mind you. But it’s happened. The…

5 Tips for Dating as an Introvert

Most people describe dating as a mixed emotional experience filled with excitement and hope, and heightened nerves and insecurities. If you consider dating to be draining and rough, you are far from alone. If you identify as an introvert, you may be prone to increased dating fatigue, dread, panic, and…

6 Tips for Successful Dating in the Digital Age

Technology has exploded our dating options and put dating effectively on amphetamines. The sheer quantity of choices gives us the feeling that we can and will meet someone through technology. How could we not? And yet, precisely because there is so much choice, we often don’t give the person we’ve…

5 Ways to Get Over a Difficult Dating Past and Find a Great Partner

Without resolution, awareness, and acceptance, your relationship history may have a strong influence on your current dating life. With a past that feels heavy, heartbreaking or disappointing, dating in the present may feel very draining and trigger anxiety and fear. Your past has a lot of influence if one of your greatest…

15 Ways to Get a Handle on Life’s Hassles

We’ve all had them — one of “those” days. And for singles, having one of “those” days might include one of “those” dates. Bad days–and the occasional bad date–are unavoidable. Here are 15 effective ways to better handle life’s hassles: 1. Identify your style. Are you a night owl or…