5 Ways to Make Dating Easier and More Fun

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Dating can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! I’m sharing 5 creative ways to help you make dating easier and more fun so you can find true love.

According to a Gallup poll, the percentage of adults who report being single and not living with a partner has risen from 52 percent in 2004 to 64 percent in 2014. That may be good news for singles who feel like everyone else in their life has paired up. But an increase in singles does come with its challenges. With a broader dating pool to choose from, it may take longer to find that special someone. Fortunately, there are ways to make dating easier for both parties. Turn dating into a fun and meaningful experience that you actually look forward to with these five tips:

5 Ways to Make Dating Easier and More Fun

1. Stay Open-minded

Dating for the long haul requires commitment to endure the less-than-stellar dates. Staying open-minded can go a long way to turning your attitude about dating around. According to a report by Psychology Today, those who approach dating with an open mind usually find what they’re looking for. Remember, every time you meet someone you don’t quite click with, you get a clearer idea of what you do want and what to look for next time.

2. Practice Empathy

Chances are, the person you’re dating is also having a hard time navigating the dating scene. Give them a chance, and remember they’re probably nervous, guarded, or maybe just having a bad day.

Put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and get them to open up by choosing meaningful yet safe topics. For example, ask them what they love most about their job or the most fascinating places they’ve traveled.

If you’ve gone out a few times and want to make a good impression, a woman can give a man Belgian chocolate dipped mini donuts or send him a gift box with gourmet wine and a cheese board for a surprise picnic date.

3. Tap Into Technology

There’s no need to plot strategic hangout places to find that special someone. Dating websites are now a mainstream way to meet new people. Build an honest, fun profile that showcases your sense of humor and aspirations. Also be sure to include about five photos that accurately represent you. Don’t post photos of you ten pounds and two different hair colors ago. That could lead to false expectations. Spend some time connecting through dating websites, then transitioning into fun, low key dates, like geocaching followed by outdoor dining.

4. Be Vulnerable

It’s tempting to keep your guard up and distance yourself from your feelings while dating. But by protecting yourself from disappointment and hurt, you’re shutting off any available avenue for bonding or growing a relationship. Be vulnerable as you date by sharing a few details about your personal life and feelings. Equally, give your dating partner a safe space to share without judgement. Focus on being a good listener and empathetic partner to build trust.

5. Keep Things Fresh and Fun

Dating can start to feel like groundhog day when you end up at the same restaurants and cinemas over and over again, only with a different date each time. Aim to make each date a unique experience. Even if you’re staying in with your date, you can watch a movie and combine an unconventional popcorn recipe with craft beers for an experience to remember. Or, for another low key idea, try visiting a museum and search for the most bizarre artifact or piece of trivia there. For something that incorporates the outdoors, try apple picking followed by sipping hard cider and eating apple pie.

At the end of the day, what really makes dating easier and more fun is the effort and creativity you put into it. How do you make dating easier and more fun?

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