MySingleFriend blog https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog Welcome to the mysinglefriend(r) blog, where you can stay up to date with MSF news, views and the odd pair of shoes. en-gb MySingleFriend Copyright 2017 Did you know that you are naturally sexier in spring? https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/did-you-know-that-you-are-naturally-sexier-in-spring https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/did-you-know-that-you-are-naturally-sexier-in-spring <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Being inhabitants of a rainy little island that doesn't get much sun, the British people respond with great enthusiasm to the first hint of warm weather; throwing off their clothes, cranking up the barbecue, becoming super sociable and generally just feeling happier. And it turns out that as well as feeling good within ourselves we also look more attractive to others, and there's even scientific evidence to prove it.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">A study by Ohio University found that many people tend to associate warmth with intimacy, which means that people are much more likely to be friendly and open to making social connections, which, in turn, can lead to connections of many other kinds. This means that people are much more likely to approach us, as well as being more likely to respond positvely to our approaches. It has also been suggested that we excrete more pheromones, those magical little chemicals that play a part in sexual attraction, during hot weather because we sweat more.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/srping couple.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 525px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">On top of these more scientific reasons for heightened attractiveness, there's another more obvious one too: there's a lot more flesh on show. Though there's something to be said for people looking cute all bundled up in hats and gloves during the winter months, it's never quite the same as getting an eyeful when someone has stripped down to the bare essentials because it's so hot outside. We're also more likely to be getting into shape and losing those extra winter pounds as the weather warms up, making us look even better.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The question is, how can you capitalise on this sexy springtime boost? The first thing to do is&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/is-your-dating-profile-in-need-of-a-spring-clean" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>give your online dating profile a spring clean</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;so that you can be sure you're getting the most out of it. It's been proven that having well lit, colourful photos on your profile make people much more likely to get in touch with you, so get a friend to take some new shots of you enjoying the sun. Once you've cleaned up your profile, pay some attention to yourself - get a new haircut or invest in some new summery clothes - whatever makes you feel good. And most importantly: get out there. Make the most of the gorgeous weather by spending lots of time socialising outdoors - the perfect way to meet some lovely new people.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Dressing for your date: Style tips for men https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/dressing-for-your-date-style-tips-for-men https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/dressing-for-your-date-style-tips-for-men <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The internet is awash with information and tips for women about what to wear on a date, but guys have been left a little bit in the dark when it comes to getting help in making those important sartorial decisions. First impressions are incredibly important and looking good will put you at a distinct advantage as it not only shows that you care about the date and have made an effort, but, to put it in the most basic terms possible, she will fancy you a lot more. Dressing well doesn't mean you have to be super smart, but a thoughtfully put together outfit will get you a lot further than a knackered pair of trainers and scruffy t-shirt. Follow our guide for fashion success...</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Tip 1. Don't confuse casual with sloppy</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The chances are that your first date is going to be a pretty casual affair - perhaps a coffee, or a couple of drinks - and turning up dressed like your going for dinner at Downton Abbey would make you look rather strange. However, just because the date is informal, that doesn't mean that you don't need to make some effort with your clothes. Jeans are great, but make sure they're clean and free of holes. Pair them with a fresh looking t-shirt or shirt and add a jumper on top, rather than a hoody or sweatshirt. Cardigans look great on guys - the shawl collared look is particularly hot as it treads the line between masculine and stylish, without making you look like you like a total fashionista.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Tip 2. Match your outfit to your location</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">What you wear should always be appropriate to the occasion and location. As mentioned above, if it's a relaxed date, then keep things informal, but if you're going for dinner at a smart restaurant, then you need to dress the part so that both you and your date feel comfortable in that environment. Suits should be reserved for work, but a jacket or blazer should still be worn on more formal dates, and this should be paired with some smart, dark jeans and a shirt that you should wear tucked in. A crisp white shirt always looks good, but if you don't like to play it quite so safe when it comes to style, choose one with a bit of pattern or texture.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/pexels-photo-175915.jpeg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Tip 3. Choose an outfit that shows off your best features</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">A carefully chosen outfit can really help to accentuate your better features, which will in turn boost your attractiveness. For example, a nicely tailored blazer can help to make your shoulders look broader, your chest wider and your stomach smaller, whilst tighter trousers make your bum look good (and you can bet your date will be having a good look!). If you work out, make the most of your body by wearing a tight shirt or jumper, and if you don't, wear darker colours that will flatter you by helping you to look slimmer.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Tip 4. Shoes are important too</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Women notice details, and you can guarantee that she'll have a good look at your shoes. Again, if casual is your style, then by all means wear trainers, but make sure they're in good condition. Boots are a great choice for guys on a first date, as they not only look sharp, but can add an inch or two to your height, which could be important if your date is going to be wearing heels. A nice pair of brogues is always a good option - they can be worn casually with jeans, but still mark you out as a guy who cares about his appearance.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Tip 5. Don't forget hair and accessories</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">A great haircut is something every guy should have, and it's a vital part of that all-important first impression. However, you shouldn't turn up on your date having come straight from the hairdresser, with the back of your neck still raw from the razer. Get your hair cut a week or so before your date, so it still has plenty of style, but doesn't look too try hard. Accessories should be thought about too; turning up to a posh restaurant with a backpack will make you look like you've got lost on your way to a school trip, whilst investing in a smart leather shoulder bag adds an attractive amount of gravitas to your overall look. The little things are important too, as every bit of extra effort will be noticed, and appreciated.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Five big hints that you're going to get a second date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-big-hints-that-youre-going-to-get-a-second-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/five-big-hints-that-youre-going-to-get-a-second-date If you're on a first date and it's going well, the chances are you'll be hoping to get a second. However, as a human being with all the usual insecurities and worries, it can sometimes be hard to judge whether the other person is on the same page as you and even trickier to find the confidence to tell them you'd like to see them again. Luckily, there are a few tell tale signs to look out for that will let you know if your feelings are reciprocated.<br /> <br /> <strong>You're both laughing</strong><br /> <br /> If you've been having a giggle with your date from the moment you met, the chances are they'll want that to continue into a second. Laughing together not only means you get on and see eye to eye about things, it's also a great bonding experience. If you can make someone laugh, and they make you laugh too, it's most likely the beginning of something good.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/couple(13).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Your date is present and paying attention</strong><br /> <br /> If your date is looking anywhere but at you, keeps asking you to repeat yourself or, the worst crime of all, constantly looking at their phone they're both kind of rude and not worth pursuing and also not really into the date, so the meeting should probably be chalked up to experience. However, if they are giving you plenty of good eye contact and listening to everything you say, you're probably in with a good chance.<br /> <br /> <strong>They pay you some compliments</strong><br /> <br /> We're not talking smarmy smooth talk here, we're talking genuine compliments, and you should be able to tell the difference. Compliments about looks are nice, but it's the ones that are about your personality or observations about the date ("You're so funny!" or "I'm having a really nice time" which indicate that things will go further.<br /> <br /> <strong>They mention the future</strong><br /> <br /> We're not talking in the scary marriage and babies way here, but a much more casual mention. For example, they tell you about something they're doing, you express an interest and they suggest you could come along. Any mention of future plans, however loose and vague, is a very good sign.<br /> <br /> <strong>They push for the date to last a bit longer</strong><br /> <br /> If someone<strong>&nbsp;</strong>isn't interested in you they'll have their jacket on and be heading out the door quicker than you can say "Can we have the bill please." However, if they're keen, they will naturally want to make the date last longer by suggesting dessert or going elsewhere for another drink.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> <br /> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Going dutch? Who should pay on a first date? https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/going-dutch-who-should-pay-on-a-first-date https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/going-dutch-who-should-pay-on-a-first-date <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The subject of who should pay on a first date tends to stir up a lot of conversation and a little bit of controversy. We live in an age when men and women are equal and there should be no expectations that the guy should always cough up on the first date, just as there are no expectations that a woman would allow him to. However, things aren't quite that black and white, as there's a lot to be said for the joys of being generous, as well as the pleasure of being treated.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The guy should pay</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">There's nothing wrong with a little bit of chivalry, and letting a man pay for dinner doesn't mean that feminism has suddenly taken a huge step backwards, or that he will be expecting anything other than the pleasure of treating a woman well. It also doesn't mean that he will be expected to pay forever afterwards; it simply allows him to exercise his generosity, which is an excellent quality, regardless of gender.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/dinner.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 394px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The woman should pay</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">In the words of the majestic Beyonce, "Who run the world? Girls!" As an independent woman earning a living, there's no reason why you should automatically expect the guy to pay, and you don't need to act the shrinking violet about it (though don't go so far as to start as argument - that wouldn't be a good end to your date!). Hopefully your date will be pleasantly surprised and appreciate your generosity, though if you're both getting a bit trigger happy with your credit cards there is of course this option...</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Going dutch</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you can't agree on who should pay, or you're naturally egalitarian types, going halves is the perfect solution. It does mean that someone misses out on the rosy glow of their own generosity, but it also means that you're on an even keel and no one feels like they owe the other anything.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">A good rule of thumb...</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">There aren't really any rules when it comes to paying, as the best idea is to do what feels right in the moment, but many people adhere to the idea that whoever does the asking out, does the paying, and men and women can both do that. It's also worth bearing in mind that there will hopefully be many more dates in the future, so whoever doesn't pay the first time round can make a big dent hole in their wallet or purse the next.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 5 tips to help your date relax when they're super nervous https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/5-tips-to-help-your-date-relax-when-theyre-super-nervous https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/5-tips-to-help-your-date-relax-when-theyre-super-nervous <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Let's be blunt: dates can be bloody scary, especially if you haven't been on one in a long time. We often write about how to feel confident and make a good impression on the MSF blog, but what if you're the one who feels super confident and it's your date who is risking blowing the whole thing because they're so nervous that they can't even look you in the eye? Rather than getting all huffy and cross about their lack of social skills. why not try your best to help them relax and enjoy themselves? Here are a few ways how...</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Smile</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It sounds so simple and obvious, but a smile goes a very long way as demonstrates to someone that you like them (even if you've only just met) and will immediately help your them to relax. If you smile at someone, they probably won't be able to help smiling back, which will cause their body to release serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, all of which will genuinely help them calm down and feel good.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/relax(2).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Talk</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">An awkward silence only gets worse if it's allowed to progress, so be prepared to do more than your fair share of talking if your date is proving a little shy. Tell them your best anecdotes, chuck in a few jokes, talk about your favourite films; anything that will fill the gaps and keep the conversation moving.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Ask questions</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Some people find it hard to talk about themselves without prompting, so make sure you ask them some questions. Keep it light and easy (it's not an interrogation) and stick to fairly neutral subjects like work and hobbies until they start to relax. Make sure you listen to the answers too, there's nothing worse then feeling like your conversation is boring if you're already feeling shy.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Distract yourselves</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">A face-to-face&nbsp;conversation with a perfect stranger can be shy-making enough, but the added pressure of figuring out if it's a potential romance can make even the biggest chatterbox become tongue-tied. If talking about yourselves becomes to tricky, find something else to talk about instead, whether you're in a pub and you find a crossword to complete or you're in a restaurant and you start gossiping about the couple on the next table.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Give them another chance</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you felt like the date didn't go great, but you did quite like the person, give them another chance. Whilst first impressions count, many people don't really come into their own until you've met them a few times. The simple fact of you suggesting a second date will give them a massive confidence boost and you'll no doubt have a better time when you go out again.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Why dating lots of people at once is a great idea! https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/why-dating-lots-of-people-at-once-is-a-great-idea https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/why-dating-lots-of-people-at-once-is-a-great-idea <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">When people first join mysinglefriend.com, they tend to race hither and thither through the profiles of likely candidates, sending messages with carefree abandon and replying enthusiastically to anyone who gets in contact. However, when it comes to actually going out into the world and meeting people, it's often the case that people will stick quite doggedly to only dating one person, perhaps in case they seem insincere or hurt someone's feelings. Whilst this is admirable, it's also misguided. The point of online dating is to throw yourself into a whole new pool of people that you wouldn't meet in your day-to-day life, and the more of them you meet, the more likely you are to find the one that's just right for you. Here are five reasons why you should be dating lots of people at once.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It's good practice!</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you haven't ventured out into the world of dating for a while, perhaps because you've been in a long term relationship, you'll have forgotten your dating skills. You will, of course, have been meeting new people all the time, but there's a difference between making polite chit chat with a new acquaintance and sussing out whether there's a flirty spark between you and your date. On your first few dates you'll probably be a bit nervous, so going on a few will give you confidence and help you feel more comfortable on the dating scene.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/shutterstock_429582343(2).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 472px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It helps you figure out who you're looking for</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Going on dates with lots of different people in a short space of time allows you to compare and contrast. Was someone particularly thoughtful or attentive? Was one of them chronically late? Did one make you laugh so much you thought you were going to wet yourself? Multiple dating allows you to quickly sort the wheat from the chaff without spending months lots of time on one person before deciding they aren't for you. Going on lots of dates means you don't put all your eggs in one basket, and your dating experience will be all the better for it.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It takes the pressure off</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It sounds like an impossible paradox, but dating multiple people actually increases your chances of finding 'The One' because it removes the pressure that can crush the first tender shoots of a new relationship. Focussing exclusively on the first person you seem to hit it off with will blinker you to the possibility of anyone else and before you know it you'll be up to your elbows in a relationship you might not really want. Meeting lots of people will allow you to know when there really is a proper spark.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">It's fun</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">At MSF, the first rule of online is dating is: have fun. We want your dating experience to be enjoyable, sociable and relaxed, rather than lonely and stressful, which is why we only let people join with their friends. Encourage your friend to search through the site with you, suggesting people for you to contact, and enjoying a bit of eye candy for themselves (they'll especially appreciate this if they're in a LTR!). Meeting lots of new people is a wonderful thing to do, and you may end up with some brilliant new friends, as well as someone special. Your attached friends will be jealous of your freedom, so make the most of it before you get tied down.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Is your dating profile in need of a spring clean? https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/is-your-dating-profile-in-need-of-a-spring-clean https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/is-your-dating-profile-in-need-of-a-spring-clean <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The new season is upon us and that means it's time to spring clean your dating life. As with everything in life it's easy to get bogged down in bad habits and stuck in a rut of routine, so it's very important to have a long hard look at how your approaching online dating every now and then to see if there's anything you could be doing a bit different to step everything up a gear. Here are five tips that will give your dating life the fresh spring boost it needs.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Declutter and streamline</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Just as you would get rid of those irritating bits and pieces that clutter up your house, you should do the same with your dating life. If you've been dating someone for a while and you just know it isn't going anywhere, or you've been messaging someone for months and it isn't ever going to get offline, make the decision to stop it now and make space for new, and more exciting, things.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Decide what's important</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Are you looking for a serious relationship? Or are you more up for having fun and meeting lots of different people? It's really important that you're clear about what you're looking for when online dating, both for yourself and for the people you're meeting. If your priorities have become a bit confused, take a moment to ask yourself what you're really looking for.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/couple spring.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Give yourself a polish</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The winter months are a time for hibernating, eating and sleeping, so we all find that, come spring, we've fallen into a few bad habits, piled on a couple of extra Christmas pounds and spent so long bundled up in knitwear that we've forgotten what our bodies actually look like. Spring is a great time to give yourself a bit of an MOT, whether that's picking up an abandoned exercise routine, buying a new summer wardrobe, or just spending some time in the sun. A personal reboot will make you feel good about yourself and much more up for going on some dates.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Buff up your online dating profile</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you leave anything alone for long enough, it will become covered in cobwebs, and that includes your online dating profile. If it's been a while since you made some changes, now is the time, and the best place to start is with your pictures. Have some new ones taken in the spring sunshine and pop them on your profile. It will make you feel good and help get your profile noticed.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Change your routine</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Human beings are creatures of habit and we can make a routine out of pretty much anything, including the way we approach online dating. If you feel you haven't had much luck, make some changes to how you use mysinglefriend.com. The quickest way to do this is to change your search parameters - why not try adding a year or two each end in the 'age' section, or be prepared to travel a little further than usual to meet someone - but you can also make changes such as meeting people you'd usually turn down or promise yourself you'll send at least five messages a day. Even the smallest adjustments can make a huge difference.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Do you struggle with first date conversation? Try these tips https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/do-you-struggle-with-first-date-conversation-try-these-tips https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/do-you-struggle-with-first-date-conversation-try-these-tips Here at the MSF blog we usually offer advice about striking up a conversation online, but things are a little different in real life and if you're feeling nervous, you might end up a little tongue-tied. Here are five tips that will help you start a conversation when you feel like your nerves are getting the better of you.<br /> <br /> <strong>Remark on the location or occasion</strong><br /> <br /> Conversations, especially when dating, generally work best when you can talk about yourselves, but it can take a while to get into that if you're feeling a bit shy. Starting a conversation off on a neutral footing is a great way to ease yourself into things, and talking about the place you're in (especially if it's somewhere as amazing as Love Die Late) or the occasion you're at (such as an incredibly fun singles party) is the perfect way to begin.<br /> <br /> <strong>Combine general chat with questions</strong><br /> <br /> If you find talking about yourself difficult, then your first line of defence is to ask questions. General remarks can end up turning into awkward silences if you just fire them out on their own, so combine them with a question. For example, the remark "That's a nice necklace" is very pleasant, but once the other person has said "Thanks", there's nowhere else to go. However, if you said: "That's a nice necklace, where did you get it?" you're inviting them to embark on an anecdote and keep the conversation flowing.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/coupke.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 468px;" /><br /> <br /> <strong>Ask open-ended questions</strong><br /> <br /> Open-ended questions are the type that require more than a simple yes or no answer and invite the person you're asking to talk at a bit more length. For example, asking someone "Do you like cocktails?" isn't going to elicit much conversation, whereas asking them "What's types of cocktail do you like?" will allow them to say a lot more.<br /> <br /> <strong>Find common ground</strong><br /> <br /> If you can find something you both have in common, you're onto a winner and luckily, as you're both single and dating, you've already got something to talk about. Trading online dating war stories is a great way to bond with someone, especially as you'll both have some excellent anecdotes that are bound to make each other laugh.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Brush up on current events</strong><br /> <br /> Current events are a little like common ground as the chances are, as two bright, engaged human beings, you'll both have a fairly good awareness of what's going on in the world. It might be a good idea to steer clear of politics or anything else that could potentially lead to disagreements, but everything else should be fair game.<br /> <br /> <strong>Show genuine interest</strong><br /> <br /> This one is the clincher because if you show a genuine interest in what someone is telling you, then they'll want to keep on talking, and they'll be interested in you too. Listen to what they're saying, ask questions, look them in the eye and smile. It's simple to do, and who knows where the conversation might lead?<br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><br /> <br /> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 5 big mistakes to avoid in the first month of dating https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/5-big-mistakes-to-avoid-in-the-first-month-of-dating https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/advice/5-big-mistakes-to-avoid-in-the-first-month-of-dating <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you've been on a few dates with someone and it's all going swimmingly, you'll probably be beside yourself with excitement and liable to do some things that you might later regret. When you're at the very beginning of something new it's very easy to get ahead of yourself and make some dating mistakes that you might seriously regret later. Here are six things to avoid.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">#1 Getting too clingy</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">We're certainly not advocating the saying 'Treat 'em mean and keep 'em keen' but maintaining a little bit of distance is a good idea for a few reasons. First of all, it's true that absence makes the heart grow fonder and not being available or in your date's face the whole time will only sharpen their desire to see you. Next, clinginess is very unattractive and the harder you cling, the more likely you are to drive someone away. And finally, it's a method of self-preservation: if you give away too much of yourself in those uncertain early stages, you're more likely to have your heart broken if it should go wrong.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/Love-Couple-Romance-Love-Couple-Sunset-Landscape-1209790.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">#2 Dropping the 'love' bomb</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">This rookie error is a continuation of the above and should be avoided during those crucial early days. It's hard to know initially whether what you're feeling is actually simple infatuation rather than full on love, so put the brakes on making big declarative statements until you're really sure. Dropping the 'L' word too early could also potentially make your date run a mile, so take it steady.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">#3 Constantly slag off your ex</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you're going to end up in a long term relationship with this person, there are many years ahead for them to get to know the details of what happened with your ex, and vice versa. Use these first few golden weeks or months to get to know each other, rather than banging on about the ghosts of partners past. If you find you can't make it through a date without talking about your ex, it might be a sign that you aren't quite ready to be dating again.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">#4 Placing them on a pedestal</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Though you will inevitably looking at your new beau through several pairs of rose tinted glasses, you have to remember that they aren't perfect. If we place someone on a pedestal we also place them under a huge amount of pressure to live up to our (usually totally imaginary) image of them. If you expect someone to be better than they are humanly capable of being you'll only end up being disappointed.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">#5 Make big future plans</strong><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The initial euphoria of meeting someone you like can make it feel like you'll be together forever and ever, but you just don't know how it's going to pan out. Your plans shouldn't be looking much further ahead than next week - maybe next month at a push - so avoid the temptation to book a three week tour of New Zealand in six months time, and just wait and see how things develop.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;</span> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Featured profile: Stephanie https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-stephanie https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/msfers/featured-profile-stephanie <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/Steph.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 336px; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float:right" />Mysinglefriend.com&nbsp;is stuffed full of lovely people and sometimes we like to pick out a particularly fine specimen of humanity and show them off to you. There are plenty of things that make a profile stand out, but what really makes or breaks a profile is how much someone's personality shines through. This week we are featuring the lovely <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqbyfudwjqhs/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>Steph</strong></a>, who is looking for a proper gentleman to spend some quality time with.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>What Sheelagh had to say about Steph...</strong></em></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Steph is beautiful, smart, seriously sincere and completely shocks with her fun side! She's poles apart - loves having in depth conversations and seeks to understand just what you think (to solve universal conundrums etc), and then with no qualms letting her hair down to having such brilliant fun. She's the one you'd want to say yes to come out in a group - she's giving, doesn't seek the limelight, enjoys people whoever that are, and is generous with her time and attention. Best suitor - a gentleman (yes, I do mean that :0), who can have fun and is willing to cherish another openly and honestly, and able to be lived. Steph is truly loving and giving, and if an appropriate match were to magically happen, she would ideally love to make a beautiful family. So only serious suitors please. Someone out there will be made a very, very happy man. Oops, forgot to say, Steph has a serious job and is very successful, so someone who can help balance this out - relaxing, having fun, balacing out the real world would be ideal. Steph doesn't force her views, or herself, on anyone. So someone who is sensitive, and interested in the feelings and views of others would be an ideal match. She's proper lovely!! Would make someone really super content and happy :0)</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><em><strong>What Steph had to say about herself...</strong></em></span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Ah thanks Sheelagh, I'm touched by your very lovely words. I think you've summed me up well. So I guess you might want to know what I'm looking for...&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">Someone kind, gentlemanly, thoughtful, honest, who is passionate about life, work or a hobby who wants to be loved and isn't shy about showing their love and cherishing another. Hopefully you'll enjoy witty banter as well as talking by about the bigger stuff in life, maybe over a glass of wine? And ideally I'd like someone to go on adventures and have lots of fun and laughter with whilst building something lasting and meaningful together.</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">And a wee (that's the Scottish part of me coming out) bit more about me... I love to travel, try new things and generally enjoy life. I tend to spend my time catching up with friends, eating out, going to the cinema, doing yoga, swimming or walking in the country, cooking, listening to live music (jazz and house circa 90s are favs) and going to galleries/museums.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">I'm passionate about my work and believe in giving something back to the world. Quite into meditation, self improvement and spiritual stuff but also have my feet firmly planted on the ground and happy to laugh at myself. That's probably enough for now, so if you'd like to know more it would be lovely to hear from you...</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you think you're the perfect fit for this wonderful woman, <a href="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/profile/view/id/jqbyfudwjqhs/admin/yes/preview/yes"><strong>click to view Steph's profile</strong></a> and&nbsp;drop her a line.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">If you fancy being our Featured Profile yourself, or you'd like to nominate a friend, drop us an email at&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:blog@mysinglefriend.com" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>blog@mysinglefriend.com</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;and let us know!</span><br /> <br /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Not a&nbsp;</span><strong style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">mysinglefriend.com</strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;member?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/register?p=become" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>Join now for free!</strong></a><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;" /> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 13px; font-family: 'century gothic', arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Click to go to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.mysinglefriend.com/" style="color: rgb(46, 164, 197); text-decoration: none; outline: none; font-family: 'century gothic', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>mysinglefriend.com</strong></a> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Guest post: 6 of the best icebreaker questions https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/guest-post-6-of-the-best-icebreaker-questions https://www.mysinglefriend.com/blog/features/guest-post-6-of-the-best-icebreaker-questions First date with someone new – how romantic! It feels magical and love is in the air! You want everything to be perfect, and you definitely don’t want to mess up while making a first impression. Don’t worry, this is perfectly natural. Whether you’re out at a posh restaurant or a picnic, these icebreakers will put you at ease and erase awkwardness.&nbsp;The trick is to appear easy going and flirty to engage with your date. Ideally, you should pick something you both have in common to talk about, and lead the conversation from there. Keep your tone light, but interesting. Ensure that the other person knows you are interested. Don’t forget to be humorous and playful!&nbsp;Katie from <strong><a href="https://www.orlajames.com/">Orla James</a></strong> has tried some of these on previous dates and the conversation flowed really well.<br /> <br /> <strong>Have you grown up here?</strong><br /> <br /> This is a seemingly innocent question but the answer is dynamite! This question opens up to a plethora of different questions you could ask later about where he/she grew up, schools and universities attended, and where they are originally from. This could also lead to understanding the family structure and who they grew up with. Lead the conversation gently from there and listen attentively. Prepare simple, honest answers to respond to similar queries from your date.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What sport do you enjoy watching or playing?</strong><br /> <br /> This helps in finding common ground if you are inclined to sports. Remember, the other person doesn’t have to like football or cricket, but an interest in skateboarding or &nbsp;tennis is good too. Be open about which activities you enjoy. Find common topics and ask questions around their likes and dislikes – ask about the bad horse-riding incident during their childhood! Be innovative and listen carefully. Come prepared to be equally grilled about your favorite sports and sportspersons.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="https://www.mysinglefriend.com/assets/cms/files/shutterstock_375336118(2).jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 467px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What’s the funniest prank you’ve ever played?</strong><br /> <br /> Provided your partner has played a prank in the past, this should turn out to be a laughter-filled conversation. The response will tell you what level of fun and possible mayhem your date can cause! This question also opens up possibilities for you to share a prank you played on friends, siblings, or cousins while growing up. Engage your date in a lively chat.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What’s your favorite genre of music?</strong><br /> <br /> I love this question! Keep in mind some of your favorite artists and genres. With this, the conversation will flow easily both ways. Maybe on your next date (if you decide to have one!), you both could go to a local pub that plays your favorite music. Most people relax when they are asked to speak about a topic that they are fond of.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Which superhero do you like best – either from Marvel or DC Comics?</strong><br /> <br /> Wow! What a fantastic way to discuss pros and cons of your favorite superheroes. Provided your date likes Marvel and/or DC Comics, this could be the deciding factor for your next date - maybe a movie night with your favorite shared movie followed by a cozy dinner. If your date doesn’t like either, ask about their favorite movies and lead the conversation around that. Many people don’t enjoy action films but are interested in other genres or films. Be supportive and patient, you might just like another aspect of their personality.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What food cuisine do you like?</strong><br /> <br /> Food questions are usually asked as fillers to combat awkward silences in conversation. Relax; everyone loves some food or the other. You can’t go wrong with this question. Allow for talk about food and its types. This could also lead to more questions on whether your date likes to cook and if there have been any disastrous kitchen incidents! Whether it’s vegetarian food or a yummy steak with mashed potatoes, you can definitely connect over food.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Use these icebreakers to chill and have a healthy conversation. Always remember, that while you might be anxious or nervous, your date might feel the same too. Take a deep breath, wear your favorite perfume, and smile! Smiling always puts the other person at ease. Enjoy yourself and have fun! 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