Our Must-Follow Guide for Dating Your Way into 2017

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The New Year is finally here, and with it comes a welcome sense of rejuvenation. It’s the perfect time to forget about the past, leave regrets behind, and look towards the future and everything it might bring.

 

And if part of that glance at the future involves meeting someone amazing, we can help. 

 

Here are 5 tips you can use to find love in the new year. 

 

Rethink Your Hang-ups

Most singles think they have a clear idea of what they’re looking for in a partner, but sometimes life proves otherwise. 

 

The new year is a good time to reassess what it is you’re looking for in another person. Maybe some things you thought were deal breakers - height, religion, age - no longer apply. If you stick too rigidly to what you think you know about relationships and partners, you might miss that amazing person trying to break through and surprise you. 

Join an Online Dating Site

If you’re not already on a dating site, this bit of advice is kind of a no brainer. Online dating is only becoming more and more popular, and is now the second most common way to meet someone (the first being set up by a friend).

 

And because it’s so popular there’s a site to fit whatever you’re after.

 

If you’re looking for a site that focuses on compatibility and fostering genuine relationships, try Zoosk.​ The dating site's unique algorithm gets to know exactly what you want in a partner and offers matches based on that - which means their pairings are usually spot on.

And for an added bonus, Zoosk also has great security features like Photo Verification which keeps scammers and fakes off the site.

 

Already on a Dating Site? Time to Become More Active

Tried online dating but it hasn’t been going so well? There are lots of helpful ways to breathe fresh air into the whole process.

 

You can try swapping out some older photos for more recent pics, or adding a bit of new information to your profile. View the entire process as a New Year's cleanse - before long, it’ll feel like an entirely new place. 

 

You can also try sending the first message. Sitting back and waiting for someone to message you is the online equivalent of walking into a party and standing in the corner the entire time. Put yourself out there and be proactive and you’ll be surprised by the positive results.

 

Or, maybe it’s as simple as signing up for a new dating site. OkCupid hasn’t been working for you? Maybe it’s time to switch things up and head over to a site like Elite Singles, which is more selective and geared towards professionals aged 30-55. Not all dating sites are created equal. So your experience on one probably won’t reflect your experience on another.

 

Go outside your comfort zone

The more events you go to—whether a singles’ event, a class/group, or a networking event—the more people you’ll meet, and the more likely you are to strike up a conversation with a potential mate… or make some new friends with similar interests along the way. 

Fly solo

As hard as it may be, try to socialize solo a bit this year, without the crutch of having someone you know to fall back on. If there’s an event you want to go to, buy a ticket without waiting around to see who wants to join you. 

 

Like any other goal you make in the first few weeks of the New Year, if you commit and push positive feelings, you can attain it. And even if you don’t find “the one,” just putting yourself out there in a productive way is a move in the right direction.

 

And if you need a little more help with online dating, check out reviews of some of the best dating sites around.