Don’t wait until December 26 to start looking for a New Years date. Instead, leave yourself with a nice amount of time to meet people so you won’t have to settle for someone you’re not that into. It'll also leave you with a decent "getting to know you period," which will make a New Years invitation feel more natural than forced.
2. Get online
If you’re looking for a date, it’s kind of a no brainer to head online first - whether to a dating site like Zoosk or Match.com, or even to a social network like Facebook to rekindle with an old flame. The quantity and quality of singles you’ll find online is way better than all the trendiest, most popular bars in your city combined.
3. Cast a wide net
If you choose to go the online dating route, it’s a good idea to sign up for at least a couple of different sites, to cast as wide a net as possible. Anyone who’s tried online dating will tell you that not all sites are created equal. The people you’ll meet on Zoosk are not the same you’ll meet on a site like Elite Singles, - so it’s good to diversify.
Keeping up with different sites or apps can eventually become overwhelming. But it helps to view the whole thing as one big experiment - once you realize which site is delivering better results or matches you can always cancel the other.
4. Stay Open-Minded
Online dating is wildly popular starting around Thanksgiving and into the New Year. Which means you’ll have more profiles to browse through, you’ll see more interest, and probably receive more messages. Take advantage of this surge by saying yes to people you might normally pass on.
Most singles think they have a clear idea of what they’re looking for in a partner, but studies show different. More than 30% of couples have seriously dated someone they previously rejected and 40% of couples indicated they’ve had a long term relationship with someone they were initially hesitant to go on a second date with.
So rethink the way you view relationships and potential partners. And be more open to the possibility that those views can be shattered if the right person comes along.
5. Breathe, stay positive and have fun
The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, kicking back, eating too much and dancing til your feet are sore. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself or force something to happen faster than it should.
Remember - anything you do is better than doing nothing at all. So put yourself out there, embrace whatever comes your way, and always, always be open and honest. Because it’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. So don’t lose patience and don’t get frustrated.
Have fun with the experience and you’ll find someone special to share that New Years kiss with.
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