3… 2… 1… Midnight! As the balloons are falling, the Champagne corks are popping, and the couples are kissing on New Year’s Eve, you have two choices. You can look back, or you can look forward towards what is to come.
The New Year is the perfect time to set new goals for all areas of your life,
and these dating resolutions can help inspire you to stay positive, keep looking, and be bold. Pick one – or try them all, and create new energy in your love life. You never know what 2016 may hold for your dating future.
1. Resolve to do something besides dinner and/or drinks on a first date. Try an out-of-the-box experience, like a Thai cooking class, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing expedition, or 5K. The novelty of the adventure will take you out of your comfort zone, which can boost your confidence – even if the date turns out to be a dud.
2. Resolve to try the dating strategy that you haven’t tried. Maybe you’ve resisted Tinder, or hated all the questions on eHarmony and never went back. Perhaps you’ve never been speed-dating or set up on a blind date by a friend. Have you ever been on a double date? Attended a singles meet-up party? Whatever you haven’t tried, 2016 is the year to flip that new leaf over.
3. Resolve to believe that there are many amazing mates out there who would be an excellent match for you, and that it’s just a matter of time until you meet him or her. Dating is portrayed as a battle in the media – and if you believe “all the good ones are taken,” then your negative perspective will define your reality. Instead, tell yourself that there are plenty of attractive, eligible, interested mates in the world. Make it your mantra, and repeat every morning.
4. Resolve to date someone who isn’t not your type. Whether you know it or not, you have a type. While most “types” are physical, others are based on energy, status, or level of dominance. If you’re not sure what your type is, ask your friends for their feedback. Then go on a date with someone who doesn’t fit your usual profile.
5. Resolve to let go of the past. Unless you marry your childhood sweetheart, dating life is an ongoing procession of relationships that don’t work out – until one does. This doesn’t mean you’re a failure; it means that you are human. Don’t let past experiences with breakups and poor choices haunt your future happiness. Leave your baggage behind when the clock strikes midnight.
6. Resolve to ask him out. Ladies, this one is for you. You are hereby challenged to ask one human male out on a date during the next 12 months. That’s plenty of time to work up your courage – but if you want to get it over with, shoot for the next 30 days instead. You’ll be so surprised how easy it can be, you just might make it a regular occurrence.