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2013 is flying by and chances are many of us have already abandoned our New Year’s resolutions. For anyone looking to make changes to their love life, Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to rekindle any broken promises that you made. With February 14th fast approaching, here is a look at some top dating resolutions for inspiring a new year of love in 2013, from expanding your social circle by signing up to a free dating website to breaking your usual dating patterns.
1. Forget your “type”
If you tend to be unlucky in love and are determined to change things, then now is the perfect time to start looking past your usual type. This doesn’t mean lowering your standards or dating people you aren’t interested in.
What it does mean is forgetting the silly relationship prejudices and preferences we create in our minds, whether it’s tall, dark, and handsome or something else entirely. Letting go of these dating categories also means letting go of superficiality and instead gauging people by the qualities that matter: their personality.
2. Take a chance
If someone has caught your eye at work or maybe the gym, now is the perfect chance to ask them out. It’s worthwhile laying down some foundations first, like having a chat and getting to know them a little better.
But all the casual chatting in the world won’t secure you a date unless you put yourself out there and take a risk. It doesn’t need to be a grand romantic gesture-–sometimes something as simple as coffee and cake works just fine.
3. Break a pattern
It’s not uncommon to find yourself in the same old dating patterns. If this cycle inevitably ends with a break-up, then this year is a chance to break the mold. If you’re attracted to the wrong people, then it’s time to start looking for singles who share your interests, values, and above all, your attitude to romance. Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance to start discovering people who share your core romantic values, be it passionate love or a carefree dating experience.
4. Open up your social circle
We’ve all thought from time to time that there are no eligible bachelors (or bachelorettes) in the place you’re living. Chances are that’s because we spend time in the same social circles. From work to socializing to sporting teams, it’s not uncommon to see the same familiar faces week in and week out.
An excellent Valentine’s Day romantic resolution is to start expanding your social group and meet new people. This could be through joining a mixed sporting team or learning a new hobby. Not only will you encounter new friendly faces, you’ll also start bonding with people who share your interests. Looking for love online via a dating site is another great way to discover a world of like-minded singles in your local area.
5. Don’t settle for anything less than true happiness
2013 might be the year for finally discovering love, but it doesn’t mean you should settle for anything less than true happiness. Your ultimate Valentine’s Day dating resolution-–whether you make it this year or in the future-–is to always aim for a truly loving and meaningful relationship.