Resolution for love

Posted on: 04 January 2016 by Gareth Hargreaves

Did you spend yet another New Year alone? Perhaps it's time to ditch the usual resolutions and concentrate on one which will change your life in 2016.

single woman with dog

If you are looking for a new relationship, there are several things you can do that will greatly improve your chances. Follow the six tips below, and you may be surprised how quickly things start to look up.

Value yourself

Take a few moments to remind yourself of your positive qualities. You have friends – what is it they like about you. And just to prove how much you like yourself, go out and buy yourself a treat.

Plan – then do

Forgetting about your desire to find a new partner, make a list of other short and longer term goals. These might include: making new friends, spicing up your social life, dealing with problem issues, gaining a new skill, organizing a holiday … think about what you need to do to make these things happen, and put dates against each of them.

Carpe diem – seize the day

Modern living has its drawbacks – but it also has its advantages. There are so many things to do and places to go. Make the most of being single – there are opportunities open to you that couples can only dream of. The more you engage with life, the more attractive and interesting you are likely to appear.

Look good, sound positive

Think about the effect you have on other people. Maybe it’s time to try a new hairstyle, change your glasses, buy some new clothes. Make a point of sounding positive and cheerful whenever possible. Avoid negative body language, such as twisting away from people, covering your face or avoiding eye contact. Enjoy seeing the difference it makes to the way people react to you.

Change your routines

How many new potential partners do you meet over the course of a week? If the answer is not many, it’s time to alter your pattern of behaviour. Why not try a new activity, either with friends or by joining a group. Visit some new venues. Accept invitations, even if you are not sure whether or not you’ll enjoy yourself.

Develop a broad-ranging approach

People looking for a new relationship often struggle because their strategy is too limited. If you really want to find romance, don’t just sign up with a dating agency, or answer lonely hearts ads. Make sure your diary is filled with outings. Recontact old friends. Go out and have fun. If you are with someone you find attractive, don’t be bashful – you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Rediscover your self confidence in 2016 and meet the challenges of the new year head on. You might have to accept the odd knock or bump in the road but if you concentrate on being brave and exploring new horizons there is every chance you'll have great fun over the next 12 months.

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