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Each week, we try and bring you five bits of wisdom to keep in your back pocket when it comes to navigating the dating waters. Read more…
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Sure, dating can be tough, but it can also be so rewarding and amazing too. The urge to throw in the towel, cancel every dating account and refuse to try anymore happens to us all, but before you swear it off altogether, read these five reasons why you should rethink dating:
1. If you’re not “out there,” where are you?
Sure, it feels silly to deem being available as “putting yourself out there,” but if you refuse to do that, then where are you?! How can potential matches find you if you’re not putting in equal effort? You don’t have to be actively swiping or searching, but remaining on even one dating app leaves the door open just enough in case someone wants to push it wide open!
2. Rethink your approach.
Are you quick to put all your eggs in one basket? Do you always say “Hi” first or use the same opening line in all your messages? Maybe it’s time to switch things up! Adjust your approach and we guarantee you’ll see positive results. Instead of meeting up for drinks, grab a coffee. Instead of dinner, get breakfast. Place yourself in different situations so you’re forced to react differently.
3. There’s a lid for every pot.
We truly believe everyone has a someone; it’s just about sticking with the journey to find them. It doesn’t matter what your baggage may be, if you think you’re “too weird,” or even “too boring” — there is someone for EVERYONE! You just have to believe it and most importantly, LOVE yourself! No pot is too heavy, too oddly-shaped, too anything not to have a lid that accompanies it.
4. New singles are available every day.
Feel like you’ve met every single person available? Wrong! People are breaking up each and every day. In fact, in the time it’s taken you to read this, couples all over your city have parted ways. You never know who you’re going to run into on your walk to work, when you’re grabbing your morning coffee or picking up groceries. Stay positive and look around you, it might surprise you how many cute singles you encounter each day.
5. You go this!
Yes, love and relationships have their ups and downs, but the beauty of it all is that they can be amazing too! Think of it this way — if we’re all suppose to find our special person, we’ve got to put in the work to find them. Yes, it comes easier for some, but for others it takes a little more time. Love is like wedding dresses, some brides find theirs at first glance, others try on hundreds, but they all find the one that fits them just right. Don’t give up — we sure won’t.
With the presidential campaign and the news cycles more negative than ever, we are on a mission to help change the conversation from “Make America Great Again” to “Make America Love Again.” So today, Match is celebrating National Positive Thinking Day by focusing on encouraging everyone to share the love.
It turns out, positivity is sexy. More than half of singles have broken up with someone because they were too negative or pessimistic. And 93% of singles report that they bond with a date over shared positive views. Our own Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Helen Fisher weighs in by confirming “Singles want a partner who smiles, is enthusiastic and who thinks of the future, not the past. And for good reason. Negativity stresses the body and the mind. We’re naturally drawn to positive people because when they smile, we automatically smile too—and smiling triggers facial muscles that trigger the brain’s pleasure centers to make you feel good. Sure; there’s much to cry about. But if you want to attract the right partner and fall in love, be happy. It’s one of nature’s secrets to romance.”
We’re also encouraging Match members to spread the love today through a new feature within the iOS and Android apps, where users can send a message of “love” to anyone for free, or by participating in our #ShareLoveChallenge across social. All you have to do is simply post a photo/video of what you love, post it to social with #ShareLoveChallenge and tag 3 friends to do the same.
Be a part of positivity today and share what YOU love! Post a picture, take the challenge and together, we can create a love revolution!!
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We all know that online dating comes with ups and downs, and just because it’s online doesn’t mean you won’t encounter people and situations that aren’t exactly ideal. It’s all part of the process!
Here are five situations where it’s perfectly okay to say “no” to a date:
1. They said something over a message that doesn’t sit right.
Of course, with how rampant texting and emailing instead of calling is nowadays, tones can always be misread and misinterpreted. However, if someone you’ve been chatting with says something that doesn’t sit right with with you, listen to yourself. If they come on too strong, hint at inappropriate behavior too soon, or say something offensive, do not feel obligated to accept a date with them.
2. They waited until the last minute and you have other plans.
We’re quick to cast aside all other plans when there’s a chance of a date, but by doing so, we’ve helped create a world in which people think it’s okay to wait until the very last minute to ask someone out. Let’s help end this! Everyones time is valuable; if someone wants to see you, they should respect your time and plan ahead. If your week has already been booked and they asked to see you, offer up another time but don’t drop your plans for their last-minute style.
3. You’re not in the right mind frame.
Even if you’ve been talking to someone for several days or weeks, and are looking forward to meeting them, you have to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to go on a date. We’re all human and have bad days, or things happen beyond our control. Be as honest as you feel comfortable with in your explanation and try to set a hard time for the raincheck!
4. You were on the fence and something else came up.
If you’ve been trying to decide whether or not you could like this person that asked you out, and in the meantime a better offer comes up that excites you more, it’s more than okay to say no. Not to say you need to be jumping up and down with excitement over every person who asks you out, but there’s a difference between clearing your schedule in hopes of seeing someone and going out with someone because their a last resort.
5. You’re just not feeling it.
It’s cliché, but it’s true. Your gut is usually right, so listen to it. If something about the person, the date, the approach, the ask, the plan, anything feels wrong or off to you, just say “No thanks!” There will be plenty more dates to come and until then, hold out.
Profiles, profiles, profiles. We write about them a lot on here because we know how much weight they can hold when it comes to attracting the right types of people. Read more…