You’ve probably heard the saying, “Love will find you when you stop looking for it.” But sometimes rules are meant to be broken.
And while happy hour may seem like an ideal social setting to meet someone new, let's not overlook opportunities to find love elsewhere.
Some of the best places to meet a mate are already part of your everyday routine:
Commuting: Keep your eyes peeled on subways, buses and trains. You never know when you’ll have something to talk — or laugh — about with the stranger sitting next to you.
Sports Leagues: Many communities offer co-ed sports teams – whether it be flag football, dancing or bowling. Find out what types leagues exist in your area and sign up. You’ll be forced to interact with new faces and you might find a new group to socialize with.
Coffee Shop: Don’t just order your coffee and leave — plan to spend some time reading, writing or doing some work. Sit there long enough and you’re bound to meet some new people.
Blind Date: It’s easier to survive a blind date than it seems — and anyone can play matchmaker if you’re open to it.
Work Functions: Volunteer to play wingman at your best friend’s work parties. Office outings are a great place to expand your social group and perhaps, meet someone special. Plus, you’ll already have a mutual friend to make an introduction.
At work: Is your would-be spouse one of your colleagues? It’s quite possible. Plenty of couples meet at the office.
Classes/Seminars: Sign up for a cooking lesson, a photography seminar or a new workout class. You’ll surround yourself with people who are in tune with your hobbies and interests and you’ll have common ground to start a conversation.
Grocery Store: Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a chore — if the opportunity arises, start a conversation with the cute guy in front of you at the check-out line.
Online: Dating online is more popular than ever. If you’re not comfortable interacting with strangers, the internet is your oyster. Use it to weed through the dating pool options to find someone compatible with you.Comment