imgresI love the holidays. I love the lights, the music, and the eggnog. All of it appeals to my hidden inner Romantic.

I’ve done my share of dating during the holidays as well. Dating during this time of year can be a lot of fun because you already have a built-in atmosphere of romance, love, and family. All you have to do is find someone to share it with. Whether you’re dating online, have your eye on your neighbor or someone at work, or are already seeing someone, there are many ways to make the most of this time of year. Dating is challenging enough, so why not let the holiday spirit create some of the fun and romance for you? Who knows, maybe you’ll get a second date (or much more!) out of it…

Here are 10 holiday date ideas to try:

1. Grab a hot beverage. If you meet someone for a coffee date, suggest getting a hot chocolate, an eggnog latte, or one of those peppermint mochas. Live it up and get the whipped cream on top. Different than the usual fare, and perfect for a cold night. Heck, you can even go to a nice bar and try a Snuggler, which is hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps. Again, get the whip cream. It’s all about the whipped cream. Read More

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Anyone else love Mr. Darcy?? A true INTJ, if there ever was one. Photo from the Mashable article.

Online dating can be a different experience for introverts. On the one hand, the “putting yourself out there” and the making small talk with complete strangers can prove taxing to the introvert. On the other, online dating can be achieved from the quiet and comfort of your own home and involves only 1-on-1 communications, both of which favor the introvert. And, in the end, as I’ve said 100 times before, online dating is a useful vehicle to meet other singles you wouldn’t normally meet. Introverted or not, sometimes getting online is the solution.

I’ve been slowly working on my “dating advice for introverts” materials. It includes a separate section for online dating. So when Mashable (Mashable!!) contacted me recently to ask if I’d like to offer up tips for introverts dating online, I gave them tips… probably more than they ever wanted :).

Some of these tips are included in the Mashable article “8 Ways Introverts Can Crush Online Dating.” Interestingly, Susan Cain was also a source for the article. She wrote the bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. I recently finished it; it’s an excellent book. And I’m a pretty tough critic when it comes to books on human behavior. If you want to understand introversion from every possible angle, all from a scientifically-based standpoint, read this book. Ms. Cain really did her homework.

But for now, read the Mashable article and let me know what you think. And I’ll keep working on those “dating for introverts” materials…

Christie

 

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Image from the Gizmodo article

We’ve done a lot of talking about online dating here: how it works, how to succeed at it, why it’s tough, and even all the negative aspects of it. We’ve talked about all the various online dating sites and online methods for meeting people: big, well-known dating sites like Match, match-based sites like eHarmony, niche sites that match dog-lovers or Sci-fi nerds, app-based sites like Tinder, or even social media sites like Twitter or Facebook.

Well, it’s the holidays now, which I still maintain is a great time to date. Which means it’s time for a little pre-holiday cheer.

A friend sent me a Gizmodo article entitled “8 Online Dating Stories with Happy Endings.” These stories are interesting because they involve a variety of online settings, from Craigslist (yes, I was surprised too), AOL (seriously!), as well as more conventional dating sites. What’s also interesting about them is that they’re all penned by men. While online dating is tough for both genders, men often experience greater frustration and setbacks with it, so it’s interesting to see men share success stories. Finally, the comment section is also littered with success stories.

Sure, these people may be the exception to the rule or have gotten lucky, which a couple of them acknowledge. But what I find most interesting about the stories is that, in each situation, the two people just clicked. There was no talk of finding the perfect profile or the hottest person or scorching chemistry… it was just two people who “got” each other. And that’s how it should feel if you want to find the right person.

As I’ve always said, online dating is just another way to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. You never know where you’ll meet that person who “gets” you.

Enjoy.

 

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jerry-seinfeld-and-elaineDear Christie:

I loved your book Back in the Game as well as your posted articles.

I’m 48, divorced for several years and recently got the ‘just friends’ nonsense. I took it well and in fact even went on several non-dates with this wonderful woman who is interesting, beautiful and great company. Why not? She said she’s moving soon and cannot date for that reason. This could be why, but in my opinion women usually resort to the friend zone because they’re just not feeling it. Which is totally acceptable. If men would understand this tactic there wouldn’t be a problem. Some future non-dates could occur and the relationship would trail off. Then if you happen to run into each other  it’s not awkward. So men should shape up.

But… women should not offer friendship if they don’t actually want it. Real friendship is a great thing and we tend to abuse this word. Would it be so bad for a woman to say “Let’s go Dutch somewhere because I enjoy your company but I’m not interested in dating…,” or “I’m not interested in dating but it was nice to have met you.” We men are dense but we’re not that dense. Admittedly men are probably mostly to blame for this phenomenon because we don’t take the time to process the communication coming from women. We hear body language, verbal tone, actions and other queues, it just takes us a few days. Sometimes we’re really dumb. But can you blame us? You women are so beautiful and mesmerizing that our frontal lobes shut down like we’re in battle. Don’t encourage us to be any more moronic than we already are by offering something as indefinable as just-friendship. Read More

crossroadsIf you’re anything like me, you’ve had a dream or goal, worked steadily toward it, imagined how it would be when you achieved it… and then had things not work out the way you hoped they would. Perhaps you experienced numerous setbacks or failures… or perhaps you achieved some success but then found it didn’t feel like you thought it would. This can happen in your career or financial life… and it can happen in dating as well. It’s happened in every area of my life, multiple times.

No one wants to go to college (or grad school) for all those years just to wind up disliking the field they work in, just as no one hopes to fall in love, get married, and raise a family just to wind up in a difficult marriage that isn’t working. Likewise, no one embarks on the adventure of dating with the expectation of facing rejection and/or relationships that blow up. It’s at that point we may say, “This isn’t what I signed up for.” And once you realize things aren’t going well, you have a decision to make: change the situation, or leave the situation.

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