At this time of remembrance, here are 10 dating tips to never forget in your quest for a meaningful relationship:

  1. Be yourself: the first step in connecting with someone is showing the truest version of yourself.
  2. Take the pressure off: dating is the one activity where relaxation, and not pressure, will yield better results.
  3. Leave the checklist at home: a key element of relaxing is not worrying about your dating checklist on a first date.  Remember, a first date is primarily a first step towards a second or third date, which is a much better time to talk about deeper issues.
  4. Smile: a simple smile is one of the most powerful ways to generate interest and attraction in a partner. Everyone wants to be with someone who is positive.
  5. Be considerate: treat your date, and all those around you, with genuine respect and consideration. It is in fact these attributes which lead to a more lasting connection than pure physical chemistry alone.
  6. Don’t judge a book by its cover: although initial chemistry is one element of compatibility, remember that true chemistry doesn’t always show itself on a first date.  In fact, chemistry that develops slowly and over time can be the kind that lasts forever.
  7. Listen actively: talking about yourself all night is no fun, particularly for the other person.  Be interested in them and it will most likely be reciprocated.
  8. Rome was not built on one date: unless you are absolutely sure that you have no connection with someone on a first date, always aim to meet someone for a second date which are typically less pressure and more fun.
  9. Don’t burn bridges: even if you don’t connect romantically with someone, be considerate and respectful.  Remember, if you leave a positive impression your date may know someone who’s perfect for you.
  10. Never lose hope: in dating and in life, success goes to those who persist.  Be positive and look at dating as a chance to meet new people; don’t worry too much about chemistry and other things that you can’t control.