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What True Love Is

What True Love Is

Do you know what true love is? Is true love what you see in the movies, or is it defined by what you witnessed growing up?

If you can’t define what true love is, you’ll probably have a hard time finding it.

Many define true love by the stuff – white picket fence, fancy car, dog and so on. But that’s a load of crap!

Instead, I like this one:

“True love is not how you forgive, but how you forget, not what you see but what you feel, not how you listen but how you understand, and not how you let go but how you hold on.” – Anonymous

True love, to me, is an imperfect relationship where both partners are trying their very best to stay to together, forgive and forget, and grow together.

It’s when each person takes a turn being there for the other in times of need. There is no “I”, there is just us. There is no scorekeeping. When one of you needs something, the other is just there. Period.

And yes, it can be nasty at times.  But, in the end, respect for the other is always king and problems are easily resolved.

What True Love is: Acting as a Team

In the past, I’ve seen the difference between true love and what I thought was true love. That difference can be summed up by an us against the world mentality.

True love is teamwork in grocery shopping, cleaning, child rearing and love making. It’s a give and take where love balances out. You discuss major decisions and power might vary but balances out in the end.

When you work as a team, there’s a feeling of unity and security. You know he has your back and he knows you have his. You’re a we, not two me’s. Your identity includes each other. While you remain an individual, you still identify as part of a couple.

The Good Times Outweigh the Bad

All relationships experience bad times. When there are more bad times than great times, you’re not experiencing what true love is.

True love is about building great memories together. It’s being there for one another when times are tough and being supportive when it matters. During the tough times, there is no question that you’re there for one another. During the good times, you appreciate what you have and enjoy your time together. You build intimacy through shared experiences and use that intimacy to carry you through the bad.

You Know One Another’s Flaws and Choose One Other Anyway

The key word here is choose. He snores, his eye for fashion sucks, and he can’t even hang a picture on a wall. But he tries and that’s what you love about him.

Nobody is perfect, so discovering those flaws and loving them shows that you know what true love is! If you’ve already found someone, great, but if you’re still looking, recognize that you don’t need to find a perfect man, you need to find a man who’s perfect for you, flaws and all.

What True Love Is: There’s No Justice Trap

I dated someone once who looked at the relationship like an exchange of services. If she rubbed my feet, I owed her a foot massage. If I spent time with my friends, I owed her something in return. And, if she cooked, I had to clean up and take her out the next time.

I’ve heard couples with kids talk about whose turn it is to babysit the kids while the other does something away from home. If you feel you’re babysitting your own kids, I’m not sure why you had them to begin with.

When a relationship feels more like a scorecard or tally sheet, you don’t have love. In the case of my relationship, it reached a point when I didn’t want to accept anything from her because I knew I’d owe her something in return.

This takes any special meaning out of any gesture I wanted to make and any gesture she made wasn’t special, but her chance to make me owe her something.

True love balances out. If I do five nice things for my girlfriend, then I did five nice things! I wanted to. She’s worth it. She’ll do nice things back and I don’t want or need to keep score.

True Love Gets Better Later

You don’t hear this definition much, but I find it to be true. True love comes after the early relationship butterflies have flown away and after you’re over wanting to have sex multiple times a day. It comes when you settle into a life where you accept one another for who you are.

You enjoy your time spent together and don’t feel nervous or like you need sex every five minutes. You want to do things together like going hiking in the woods or spending an afternoon at the beach.

True love brings security and protection to the relationship. You can be yourself. There is nothing to hide and only great times to be had. You can plan your future together because there is a future.

You Feel Free to Share Your Vulnerabilities

It is very difficult to share your vulnerabilities. This requires a high level of trust for both of you and the first time you share a vulnerability will be the hardest. How you each respond is crucial to whether there will be more sharing in the future.

The first time your guy shares something that makes him feel vulnerable, respond with caring and acceptance. He needs to know that you still accept him, now that you have seen his weak underbelly. If he shares first, it’s important that you reciprocate, but not immediately. It will seem fake. Do it soon, though because he will be waiting.

What True Love Is: Summary

While these are my definitions of what true love is, the truth is that you won’t tick your way down some list. You’ll know because there’s a feeling that is unmistakable. It isn’t about the things like a house or car. It’s about feeling you get. True love is when he walks into a room and you feel happy. It’s when you read a text from him, you smile, inside and out. True love is when he remembers that you like rosemary garlic bread and he brings you a loaf for dinner.

The important thing to remember, early on in a relationship, is that love isn’t chemistry. Chemistry is essential, but lust isn’t love. Don’t be confused by lust but wait for these other signs to develop. It takes time to build it but it’s worth the wait.

Once you find true love, the key is keeping it! In my best-seller, Pennies in the Jar: How to Keep a Man for Life, you’ll learn many things you and your guy can do to maintain a healthy, happy relationship. The pennies you put in the jar are shared memories. You add pennies when you do things together like exploring a quaint little town nearby or relaxing in a coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon. They’re added when you make a game out of grocery shopping or have a cooking contest for dinner.

Learn how to put pennies in the jar, how to communicate effectively and how to fight fair, all inside this great book!

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The Ideal Alpha Female Relationships with Men

The Ideal Alpha Female Relationships with Men

Successful alpha female relationships can feel elusive, especially if you’ve dated for any length of time.

You’re strong. You know what you want and how to get it. You’re confident, outspoken and people gravitate to you because they want to be on the same ride you’re on. Your power and energy are contagious.

These very traits that make friends and coworkers want to be near you are the same ones that make it difficult for you to find a man who appreciates you for who you are, without trying to change you.

Chances are, you’ve tried dating alpha men because they’re most like you. They’re powerful, confident, outspoken and strong. Likes attract likes, right? Yes, but that doesn’t always indicate that that type of relationship will work out best.

There are essentially two types of men that will work best for alpha female relationships. The first, of course, is an alpha male. I know, I just said that might not work, but there are instances when it can. The other type of man who’s truly perfect for the alpha woman is the beta man.

Often misunderstood, beta men seek alpha female relationships because they want a take-charge type of woman to love. Below are some dating tips that will help you find the right guy who will adore you for who you are.

Alpha Female Relationships | Slow Down

You go one-hundred miles per hour all day and well into the evening, but when you’re out looking for a guy, slow down. Take off that leadership hat and let your hair down, maybe literally.

Slow and take the edge off your speech. You’re now out to have fun, not be in control, so take a kinder, gentler approach. An alpha man will be attracted to an alpha woman if she shows her feminine side and a kinder, gentler you will be more feminine.

Don’t make an attempt to look low confidence, meaning continue making eye contact and walking confidently, but instead of striding with purpose, slow down and glide. Save your strut for the office.

And finally, if an alpha man offers to buy you a drink, accept it gratefully and show your appreciation, “Thank you. It was so kind of you.” This allows more of your feminine energy to shine through and you top it off with a dose of manners. He’s definitely interested.

Challenge Him

 Challenge is important in alpha female relationships – well, all relationships actually. Men need to feel challenged in a relationship to keep from becoming bored, therefore, it’s important for him to feel challenged by you. But what does that mean?

An alpha man doesn’t value something that comes too easily. He’s accustomed to working for what he has. When he calls for a date that day or even the next day, don’t drop your plans to go with him.

Instead, let him know that he’ll need to work harder to get on your calendar, “Gee, Gregg. I’d love to go to dinner with you, but we’ll have to make it Tuesday.” He won’t be put off. He’ll feel challenged! If he’s truly interested in you, he’ll figure out how to become important enough to get on your calendar.

If he text you but you’re busy and can’t really get into a conversation, give him a time when you can talk to him.

Him: Hi Beautiful. I hope your day was productive!

You: Hey Handsome! So far, so good, but I have more dragons to slay. Let’s talk later – say 8:00?

Him: Sounds great! Talk then.

This tells him you want to talk to him and he now knows when. It takes the anxiety out of the situation for both of you and lets him know when to expect to talk to you.

Challenge is also required for the beta man, whose main goal is to serve you and make sure you’re happy. You can challenge him in the same way you’d challenge an alpha. Don’t always be readily available. Be kind but firm with a beta.

Are You an Alpha Female Who Can't Find a Happy Relationship?

For alpha women, finding a relationship that isn’t challenging or frustrating can be a real problem. You’re drawn to alpha men, but science tells us that alpha men don’t want to marry alpha women, they only want to date them. Then there’s the beta man, often misunderstood by both alpha men and women, but often a great choice for the alpha woman. Learn more about how you can develop a happy relationship with either type of man by checking out The Alpha Female: Who is She? Who Should She Date? How do You Become One?

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Let Him Be Your Protector

All men, alpha, beta or otherwise, have a need to be your protector. I know you can do this for yourself, but this hero instinct is something you want to cultivate. Men were raised to be your hero and if you don’t allow them to, they feel as if they aren’t doing their job.

Men basically need three things in a relationship:

  • To live a meaningful life and feel appreciated for their efforts
  • To provide for those who are important to them
  • To be respected by those around them

I know you can provide for yourself, and maybe even him, but if you’re with an alpha, don’t make a big deal about this. A beta will care less if you make more money than he does, but an alpha might feel emasculated if you bring it up a lot. Don’t let who earns more money determine the power dynamic in your relationship.

Alpha Female Relationships: Act Like the Prize You Are

When women make bad dating choices, it’s often for one of two reasons. Either they feel desperate to find a guy for some reason, like all their friends have boyfriends and they don’t, or they don’t understand that they have the power to be the choose, and not feel grateful to be chosen.

This puts you in a negative position for relationships. Instead, recognize that you are the prize. When you feel grateful to be chosen or desperate and find a guy, your instinct might be to be over-enthusiastic about the relationship.

You stop going out with your girlfriends, stop pursuing your hobbies and spend too much time doting on him. No guy, whether he’s an alpha, beta or omega, wants this from you. This behavior makes a man feel smothered and you aren’t challenging to him. He will question your value in his life.

Instead, come into a relationship with strong dating confidence. If you don’t feel you have strong dating confidence now, there are many options you can pursue here.

I want to change my life!

Meanwhile, allow a guy to chase you. Yes, even though you’re an alpha woman, let a guy pursue you. Inspire his hero instinct and encourage his masculine side by remaining feminine. Never give up your hobbies for a man and continue to enjoy girls’ night with your friends.

Remember, You Are Not Your Title

Your identity isn’t the title of the job you hold. It’s who you are from the inside out. It’s your kindness and generosity. It’s your desire to help others and your ability to be tough and stern one minute and a kind mentor the next.

Commit to or stay committed to your health and well-being. Get to know yourself and connect with that feminine woman who’s lurking inside. This makes you the feminine counterpart an alpha man desires.

When it comes to a beta man, he needs your strength and direction, but he also wants to see your feminine side and he needs you to know who you are from the inside out. Your strength is what attracted him to you, but some of that strength is your inner strength.

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Alpha Female Relationships: Communication is Key

Regardless of what type of man you date, communication is everything. With the beta, you will have many conversations around control – who is in control of what. He wants you to take control, probably more than you know. Talking through it helps you both realize your roles in the relationship. Just because he’s a beta doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings, ambitions, and thoughts about your relationship.

Communication in any relationship is one of the most important things and a lack of communication is what ends many relationships. Regardless of whether your guy is an alpha or a beta, opening up the lines of communication may be the strongest asst in your alpha female relationships.

It allows you each to voice your wants, needs and desires. It allows you to feel safe exposing your vulnerabilities, something a beta will do much faster than an alpha. Without communication, any relationship will eventually wither and die.

And Finally, You’re a Team

Whether alpha female relationships are with beta men or alpha men, you’re a team. Learn how to work together and know when your teammate needs you to rally and be a little more supportive than usual.

Situations like job loss or loss of income, health issues, the loss of a loved one and similar events are difficult for men. Most men require time to retreat, lick their wounds and find a solution. As natural problem solvers, this is key for him. While you’re there to support him, you’re not overbearing or over-nurturing.

Let him know he has your support and allow him time to deal with the emotions of what happened. If your relationship is strong and you’ve established great communication, he will come to you when he’s ready.

Finding the Man of Your Dreams

Finding the Man of Your Dreams

Like some of my coaching clients, have you given up on finding the man of your dreams? I hope not, but in case you have, keep reading because I have some good news!

There is a way to find Mr. Wonderful. You’ve just been doing it wrong.

While it might seem as if swiping left or right on a dating app will land you a great guy, there are better ways. The longer dating apps run, the more likely it is you’ll find a loser or someone who’s catfishing. Instead, try some of these ideas!

Know What You Want

Take a few sheets of paper and write the name of each man you’ve dated at the top of each piece. Each guy gets his own sheet of paper.

Next, write his positive qualities on one side and his negative qualities on the other. After you’ve done this for all the men of your past, start looking for patterns. If a positive quality repeats a few times, write it on a new piece of paper, starting a list of positive traits.

Do the same with the negative traits. Those that repeat need to go on a negative trait list.

Next, look at the positive traits. These are the most appealing to you because they show up most in the men you date. Find two or three that are requirements and make the rest possible, but not necessary.

Do the same with the negative traits. You’re gravitating to a certain type of guy who carries some negative traits too but it’s time to stop. Take the top three or so and make them non-negotiable. These traits can’t exist in your new guy. The rest of the negative traits are negotiable but not dealbreakers.

You’re now one step closer to finding the man of your dreams. You now know what your Mr. Wonderful looks like, kind of, and you can seek out men with these traits who lack the negative dealbreakers.

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Finding the Man of Your Dreams: Deal with Any Baggage

We all have baggage. Some of it can be put on a cart and rolled out of your life. Baggage includes guilt, regret, fear, criticism, trust issues, being defensive, and trauma from past events. These things hold you back from having an honest, open, and healthy relationship.

When you bring that into a new relationship, it’s almost a guarantee that your effort at finding the man of your dreams will fail. Instead, change your outlook on life from one of gloom and doom to more of a glass half-full outlook.

You can also practice self-care. I have a great book on self-care that might help you get started.

Today you start taking care of you. If you don’t begin to take care of yourself, you won’t be 100% there to take care of those other important people in your life! Self-care isn’t the same as selfish. Self-care is essential for every single person, male or female, parent or not, laborer or white collar. None of that matters.

This self-love kit for women takes you through six types of self-care, providing you with essential steps toward including each type of self-care into your life.

Each type of self-care has specific steps and benefits to your overall well-being. You’ll gradually ease in to including each type of self-care in your life.

Inside the book is a link to download a free workbook and journal, featuring helpful worksheets to help you proceed through the self-care journey, as well as journal pages like yearly, monthly, weekly and daily calendars, trackers and other helpful pages. Your journey to feeling less overwhelm and more power in your life begins today!

Another way to move past baggage is to get back out there and hang out with your friends, or make new ones. Just make sure that either way, they’re positive people, not negative.

The final way to deal with emotional baggage is to seek professional help. Sometimes the baggage is bigger than being happy and doing some self-care.

Convey the Image of a Confident Woman

Even if you don’t feel confident, start acting like a confident woman. Dress as if you care about your appearance. Fix your hair or get a fresh cut. Wear a little make up and take pride in your appearance. This sends a clear message to people who see you that you have self-esteem and self-worth.

When you put this kind of work into finding the man of your dreams, you’re sure to have success! Men can sniff out confident women without much effort. They look and act differently than low confidence women. So that means it’s time to get to work on that confidence and there are some great tools and resources for you here.

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Finding the Man of Your Dreams by Re-Engaging with Life

Sometimes when confidence is down, you disengage with life, but it’s time to get back out there now. Make a list of fifty things you’d like to do. These can be daily activities like running or working out, team activities like volleyball or soccer, or even trips you’d like to take or occasional activities like scuba diving or hiking.

After you’ve made your list, set to work on accomplishing some of them. Join a team and play rec league soccer. Join a local group that shares an interest in the same things you’ve written down. You can often find them on Meetup.com.

When you get involved in groups and activities like this, finding the man of your dreams gets a whole lot easier. He’s doing those activities too so you’ll instantly have something in common!  This makes for a great start to a relationship.

Begin to Believe

If you’re walking around with a negative attitude about finding a great guy, you never will. Instead, start to believe that you can find him. We tend to gravitate toward what we believe, so if your belief is that you won’t find a great guy, that’s what will happen.

Stay Positive

Living a life full of positivity instead of negativity sets you on a better course for success. Positivity stretches into all aspects of your life, not just dating. If your friends are negative, it’s time for new friends, which you can find in those activities you’re engaging in.

One thing you can do to focus on the positives is to start a gratitude journal. Find things every day to be grateful for and commit to finding new things every day. You can’t be grateful for your best friend every day. Be grateful for finding everything on your grocery list or for a warm sunny day.

Finding the Man of Your Dreams is a Mindset

Finding the man of your dreams is a lot, but not totally about your mindset, as you’ve read, but it’s also about getting out there in the right places.

Bars are great, but that’s not where many of the great guys hang out. You’re more likely to find them when you’re volunteering somewhere or engaging in an activity you enjoy.

The great men aren’t hiding, you just didn’t know where to look!

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How to Not Date a Jerk

Have you ever wondered how to not date a jerk? They seem to be everywhere. No matter how hard you try to avoid them, they seem to ooze out of the woodwork like roaches waiting to pounce.

To be clear, today, we’re talking about lazy, unmotivated, broke, selfish guys who put on a heck of a show for the first few dates and then show their true colors.

Slow Your Roll

Take the time to get to know the man you’re dating, especially if he’s pushing you. Screen him with a phone or zoom call. If he checks out, schedule a daytime date in public.

Daytime dates offer him little chance to have sex with you and help reveal his true character. Don’t have sex with him or you’ll be blinded by your emotions. Hold off until he has proven himself to be worthy of you.

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How to Not Date a Jerk: Watch for Patterns to Emerge

Dating is like a marketing exercise. You both want to show your best side to the other person, so you try to hide any baggage and stay on your best behavior.

You won’t hear about the rash around his balls or his drinking problem, and you won’t have a clue that his ex is poking a look-alike voodoo doll of his face with sewing needles.

His true colors usually arrive near the three-month mark of your relationship. The curtain falls and the real man steps forward. He begins to feel comfortable with you and you haven’t dumped him yet, so he feels a little safer showing more of his true colors.

Until you reach this milestone, keep your emotions in check and try not to sleep with him yet. If he respects you, he’ll wait and so far, he hasn’t yet fully proven himself worthy of you. If he’s pushing for sex and trying to crash your boundaries, it might be time to let him go.

Don’t let this guy meet your kids until you’re sure he’s not just another jerk. This keeps them safe from harm and keeps them from falling for him, only to suffer disappointment later…again.

Date Multiple Men

Before you protest, know that he’s dating other women while you’re still in this early phase of getting to know one another. I recommend you do the same. This keeps you from falling too hard for him and allows you to keep your options open.

If you only date one guy at a time, you believe you can mold him into the guy you want. You don’t see that you have other options, and you fall too hard, too fast. You also don’t get a chance to compare different types of men with clarity.

You will never change this guy! Knowing how to not date a jerk means dating more than one guy!

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How to Not Date a Jerk | Know What You Want in a Man

Write down what it is you want from a good man. Think back to other men you’ve dated. What did you like about them? What did you dislike? Form a list of those criteria and look for men who have some of them. You’ll never find the perfect guy. All you need is the guy who’s perfect for you.

Know what your dealbreakers are. For example, do you want to date someone who drinks to excess? Would you rather not date someone in a dangerous job? This is a good exercise, as long as you don’t make the list so strict that no guy will ever qualify. Then, you’re just avoiding a commitment.

Embrace Being Single

After you exit a relationship, remain single for at least four months, preferably longer. I know you might feel lonely and all your friends are dating, blah blah blah. Knowing how to not date a jerk means taking time to reestablish yourself as an independent single woman first.

Doing this gives you time to get to know yourself again, rebuild your confidence, get a handle on the current dating scene and reconnect with friends, hobbies and passions that may have been set aside during that last relationship.

This break from dating also allows you to get over your last relationship fully so you aren’t carrying old relationship baggage into a new, potentially great relationship.

Are You Ready to End it?

Not all breakups are initiated by a man. If you're ready to end this relationship, go for it. Only you know whether you're happy and if the relationship is fulfilling your needs. It's possible that he feels the same way but you're both afraid to take that step. It's okay. Read some of the other articles on the subject by clicking below. They're here to help.

How to Not Date a Jerk | Meet His Friends

Spend an evening hanging out with his friends and watch how they treat him. Do they show him respect? Does anyone pull you aside and warn you about him? How does he treat them and any other women in the room?

Meeting his friends helps you know more about what he’s really like. What type of guys are they? Are they players? If so, so is he. Guaranteed. If they seem like upstanding guys who have steady girlfriends and jobs, then he’s an upstanding guy too.

Does he get drunk? If so, how does he act then? Does he become someone else entirely? Is he rude, discourteous, angry, jealous, and so on? This isn’t normal behavior for someone who’s drunk, so don’t let him tell you it was the alcohol. Many people can get drunk and be perfectly nice, funny people who never verbally or physically assault anyone.

Conversely, let him meet your friends. They will be bulldogs for you. They can ask him questions you either can’t or won’t. They can dig into his past and are better able to ask him embarrassing questions that might draw out those true colors of his.

The only caveat is that if they give you an opinion you don’t like or even a warning, you should resolve to listen. They aren’t wearing your rose-colored glasses and they have your best interest at heart. If they’re seeing a problem, there is one and you’re choosing to close your eyes to it.

Use Your Intuition

Your intuition is a very powerful tool and yet, you probably ignore it sometimes. We all do if our intuition is telling us something we don’t want to hear. Your gut may be telling you something with this guy is off. Listen to that gut instinct.

Take some time to honestly look at what’s giving you that gut feeling. Is it his behavior or something he said? Did someone else say something to you that’s niggling at the back of your mind?

How to Not Date a Jerk | Look at Your Patterns

Humans are creatures of habit and tend to repeat failures, rather than stop and examine them for potential lessons.

Take some time to look at the past men you’ve dated, especially the ones who squarely fall into the jerk category. What is it about these guys that attracts you? Do you like the feeling of rescuing someone? Is it that you somehow are afraid you aren’t worthy of great guys or you don’t feel as if you can attract men other than these guys?

Take that exercise from above and look at the bad qualities in the men you’ve dated. What about those qualities seems to keep drawing you in? The excitement of dating a bad boy? Are you trying to prove something to someone? Really take the time to examine the why behind finding these guys datable.

Form a list of those negative qualities and immediately dismiss any man who shows even one of them.

Last week, I sat down with a woman named Jennifer who also wondered how not to date a jerk. As we talked, she discovered that she chose broken men ever time. She sought them out. Even if a better guy was sitting right in front of her, she chose the fixer-upper guy instead.

This is a low-confidence, low self-esteem, and low self-worth move. This need to fix others is a way of avoiding fixing yourself. It places you squarely in a co-dependent relationship and those never work long-term.

What Jennifer needs to do is embrace being single, learn to become a confident, independent woman and then seek out a great guy who deserves her. She needs a dating time-out to find herself again and rebuild from the damage of her dating past.

This is called a co-dependent relationship and it will always fail. Her fix? Embrace being single and take my confidence courses along with understanding men. The result? Now she is killing it!

Wrapping it Up

Knowing how to not date a jerk is easy, once you know what to do:

  • Slow your roll
  • Look for patterns
  • Date multiple men
  • Know what you want
  • Embrace being single
  • Meet his friends
  • Look at your dating patterns
  • Trust your intuition

Why Can’t I Find Love? Eleven Changes That Might Help You

Why Can’t I Find Love? Eleven Changes That Might Help You

Love. We all want it. So Why Can’t I Find Love you ask!

Sure, many say they’ve given up, but deep down they’re just frustrated because everything they’ve tried so far hasn’t worked.

I get it. I hear the frustration. I even have readers who get angry at me!

“All men suck.”

“I’m happy just being alone.”

“I’ve given up.”

“Every time I get close to a man, I get dumped.”

But what if you’re simply going about it the wrong way?

What if you opened yourself up to a totally new way of finding love?

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Why Can’t I Find Love? Eleven Changes to Consider

End the Misery – or at Least the Miserable Feeling

Is this you?

Heck, through the pandemic I was miserable at times too. Our worlds were upside down and nothing made sense. Nothing was normal.

Attempted relationships failed. This led to low self-esteem, potential weight gain and frustration. Ice cream put me in my happy place.

Everything sucked!

So why not accept this and decide to change your attitude starting right now?

Forget men and start working on you!

You’ll be amazed at how your world and relationships will begin to turn around.

How do you do it?

Start with plenty of self-care and self-love. Pamper yourself for a couple of weeks. Then, continue once or twice per week – a regular schedule.

You’re worth it. You might feel guilty at first and that’s okay but keep doing it.

The Little Self-Care Handbook is a great self-care resource to help you get your self-care routine started.

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Why Can’t I Find Love? Decide to Do the Work

Many women say they want to find love but they don’t want to put in the work required.

When I ask where they’ve gone and what they’ve tried, I get crickets.

It’s like they expect a man to knock on their front door.

He won’t.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity and complaining about nothing working out how you wish it would, brainstorm 50 ideas for hobbies and adventures. Narrow your list to your top 10 and then, pick 1 or 2, sign up and go.

Get exposure to new people and join groups where you’re likely to have something in common with the members. This takes the pressure off meeting a man while you are having fun!

Work? What work?

Commit to the Work of Finding Love

This leads to my next change. If finding love is work, you’re doing it wrong! Get out there and do the things you love.

Take your list and modify it to include coed pursuits. You probably won’t find many men doing yoga or horseback riding, but you might find them in other places like cooking classes or a ski club. Kick boxing and hiking are also great choices if you like those activities or are willing to try something new.

New choices get you out of your comfort zone which builds confidence. This is a win-win.

Expand Your Search Zone

I have spoken with readers who live in small towns with few choices. Everyone knows everyone else’s business. This forces them to pursue long distance relationships. LDR’s make finding love difficult. This leads to more frustration.

Others live in big cities and look for men in all the wrong places.

If you live in a small town, maybe it’s time to consider moving. Online jobs are abundant today. The kids might be all grown-up or might even enjoy a new adventure.

Big cities can be overwhelming. I have readers in NYC that feel alone. In that instance, maybe it’s time for a change of scenery or a change of venues.

City dwellers do better when they join groups of mutual interest so they can make friends and network to meet more people. Hitting a bar in NYC probably isn’t the best bet. But hitting a new micro-brewery with friends can be a welcome change.

Don’t just stay in your hometown or city because it feels comfortable. You can always visit. Change can be empowering!

Why Can’t I Find Love? Expand Your Friend Zone

Finding love rarely works when your social network is all married women.

It also doesn’t work when family members are breathing down your neck to find love.

Communicate to these groups. Ask them to help, not hurt your effort. Tell them you may be spending a few less hours with them in pursuit of new opportunities and new friendships.

They might get angry and that’s okay. It’s time you set new boundaries.

This will be empowering.

Why Can’t I Find Love? – Try Setting Firm Boundaries

That’s leads us to our next change to finding love. Setting boundaries.

You’re done with guys who don’t text back or text back days later. If they delay, they’re not interested. Period.

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Boundaries mean you’re done hooking up with guys on the first date because that’s what they want. You now date with your head and not your heart. That means no sex until a man proves his worth.

Boundaries empower! They attract guys because boundaries are a sure sign of confidence, and guys love confident women because they are a challenge. Nothing worth having comes without a fight.

Try it. Make a list of boundaries that will not get crossed again. Do this not only with men, but also with your friends and family.

Stick to your boundaries and you’ll feel like you have new super-powers.

Get Over Your Ex

This can be a big problem! If you’re still daydreaming about your ex, you’ll waste a lot of time comparing your new guy to him and the new guy won’t stack up.

Ever.

This puts your new relationship in jeopardy right from the start.

One way to get over your ex is to write a letter to him telling him all the things you don’t like about him and your past relationship. Then read it and burn it, safely of course!

It works. It sends a message to your brain that says, “I will no longer let this guy control my future.”

If you need more help, check out this great book, He’s Gone Now What.

Stop Trying to Find the Perfect Guy

Your list may read something like this: I want a guy who is tall, dark and handsome, preferably a doctor earning over $200K a year and living in San Diego.

The truth is that those types of lists prevent you from exploring a new type of guy who might not fit that mold but might be the perfect fit for you.

So far, you’ve sought that type of guy and maybe even dated a few men who fit at least some of that criteria, but how’s that working for you?

Instead, throw out that superficial list and get real! Women have this guy in mind from watching some rom-com movie full of idealistic relationships that aren’t real.

The perfect man doesn’t exist. He’s part of your imagination and truth be told, using tight criteria is a way of protecting your heart and avoiding dating anyone who might challenge you.

Look for the type of man you never thought you would want to date.

Try the shy, geeky guy sitting with a group of rowdy men. He’s probably had his eye on you since you walked in but he’s a little wary of approaching. Give him a couple of smiles and hold his attention with a couple of quick glances now and then. This sends him a message that if he approaches, he won’t get shot down.

If you can’t find the geeky guy, go for the guy who looks like he just crawled off his Harley. He just might be a doctor or lawyer and he’s likely to be more down to earth than the tall, dark and handsome guy with skinny dress pants and six-inch points on the ends of his shoes.

By limiting the type of man think you want to date, you’re limiting your possibilities.

Once you get to know the geeky guy and determine he’s not your speed, move on to another type of guy. Keep your options open.

A couple years back, I wrote a book that will help you understand different types of men.It’s called Manimals, Understanding the Different Types of Men and How to Date Them. I let my readers at that time choose the title and it was a perfect fit!

Why Can’t I Find Love? Shake off Your Past

My parents divorced when I was 16. My nights were interrupted by breaking dishes. This affected my view of relationships in a very negative way. I didn’t see love as a good thing, so I avoided it.

I dated and dated and dated. I was looking for someone who would accept me.

Or so I thought.

In fact, I was the problem. I couldn’t accept love, so I didn’t accept them. This hurt them and me. I was an expert in short-term relationships.

Little did I know I was sabotaging my own quest for love.

I took a step back and dug into my childhood for answers.

Seek help from a qualified therapist if you know you’ve been hurt from events in your past. Maybe it’s abandonment issues or something like my experience. Either way, recognize it and get help before you attempt to find love again.

Figure Out Who You Are

You can’t find the right man if you don’t know your true self. You will seek the wrong type of man.

Ask yourself, what is your vision in life? What do you want tomorrow? Next year? In 5 years?

What morals guide you? Do you live by them?

Answer these questions and you’ll start to live the life you create instead of a life that others create for you.

Women love my best-seller, To Date a Man You Must Understand Yourself because it helps you see the mistakes you might be making without realizing it. It’s a compare and contrast story of two young women who make different life choices that guide their relationship outcomes.

Learn How Men Think

Ahh, now we’re in my wheelhouse!

I saved the best for last. This is my flagship operation.

The best and most entertaining way to build confidence is to discover how men think.

This prevents you from blaming yourself when things go wrong and it gives you powerful insight into how to best communicate with a man and get him to do what you want.

Learn not only what he is thinking but how to react based on his actions.

You zig when he zags. This keeps him hooked on you through his desire for challenge and mystery.

Understanding how men think is the missing link to finding true love. They don’t teach this stuff in school!

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Why Can’t I Find Love – Wrapping Up

Change happens in seconds if you allow it too.

Look over these 11 items and address each one. Spend some time evaluating:

  • Who are you and what you do you truly want from life
  • Your past and how it affects you and your opinions about relationships
  • Whether you have boundaries and how to set some that will positively impact your relationships
  • If your relationship with your ex is affecting you
  • If you’re searching in the wrong places
  • Whether people close to you are helping or holding you back
  • If you know how men think
  • Your own mindset and how to shake the feeling of being miserable

If you begin making these eleven changes, you will begin to see a positive turnaround in the quality of your relationships, and not just your relationships with men.

So ask yourself again. Why can’t I find love? Now you can!

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3 Tips to Find a Man of Your Dreams

3 Tips to Find a Man of Your Dreams

Today is Groundhog Day, and that got me thinking about how sometimes women act like groundhogs when trying to find a man of their dreams.

How can I be so insulting? We only hear about groundhogs once a year when they pop their heads out to find their shadow or not. Some women do the same thing in their pursuit of a man.

You can’t find a man of your dreams if you only try once in a while! You need to get out there often and create opportunities for finding love.

Yeah, you tell me you just can’t find him, and yet when I ask how many hours the past week you dedicated yourself to trying, I get, “Ah, well, I went grocery shopping and saw a cute guy. Does that count?”

No, because you went out to get Cheerios and not to find a man of your dreams.

Instead of thinking about finding a great guy as drudgery, think of it as an adventure. It’s a way to have fun with your friends. The bonus is the great guy! 

Here are three tips to find a man of your dreams.

Take Advantage of All the Opportunities Life Gives You

If you see a cute guy getting on the elevator, follow him to his floor! Have a line ready, like “I’m lost. Can you help me find the cafeteria?” and “Are you hungry?” If you are at a local fair and see a couple of guys eating cotton candy, get some cotton candy!

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Find a Man of Your Dreams | Mix up Your Routine

Are most of your days like the movie Groundhog Day where every day is exactly the same as the last? I bet you drive through the same coffee place, eat at the same place for lunch, and work out at the same gym at the same time every day.

I get it. People develop habits that can be suitable for some areas of their life. But breaking habits can be good too. It provides exposure to different people, and it keeps your mind sharp. Think about it. How many times a week do you need to drive by your home after leaving to make sure you put the garage door down when you left? It’s so automatic that when you stop to wonder, you don’t know whether it’s down or not.

Then, you get a new car or a new garage door opener, and you’re forced to think about where the button is. For a few weeks, you don’t wonder because putting the door down was a conscious effort.

Study Comedy

Train yourself to be funny by watching comedians. Watch them on YouTube and make yourself a funny person people will love. Men are attracted to funny women! Study how the pros get people to laugh with their lines and delivery and develop your style. You can be a funny, adorable groundhog!

Furthermore, knowing that you can make a guy laugh will give you the confidence to jump on that elevator and ask him to lunch.

I have roughly twenty set lines in my get them to laugh, arsenal. All I need to do is set up the situation to use them.

For example, I love to eat rare steak.  I have a place near Delray Beach, Florida, where eating alone at an outside bar is standard. Lots of people eat alone. I make it a point to sit down next to someone I want to meet. Then, when my steak arrives, I poke the thing with my fork and say aloud, “A skilled veterinarian could bring this back to life!”

Everyone who has ever heard this has laughed profusely. Suppose a woman said that to me; I would love to talk to her. Try it!

So you see, you are no match for a groundhog when it comes to finding Mr. Right, so pop out of your home more often so guys can see your shadow!

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The Science of Falling in Love | How to Get a Guy to Fall in Love with You

When we think of love, very few people realize that the science of falling in love is a real thing.

When someone falls in love, there are several chemical processes that occur in the brain. One of the key chemicals involved is dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in the brain’s reward system. It is released in response to pleasurable experiences, and it creates feelings of happiness and euphoria. In the context of falling in love, dopamine is released when we see or think about the person we are attracted to, leading to feelings of excitement and pleasure.

Another important chemical involved in the process of falling in love is norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that is associated with the body’s stress response. It is released in larger amounts during the early stages of romantic attraction, leading to increased heart rate, sweaty palms, and a general feeling of excitement. Norepinephrine is responsible for the butterflies in the stomach feeling that many people experience when they are in the early stages of falling in love.

Serotonin is another chemical that plays a role in the brain when someone falls in love. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and social behavior. When we are in love, serotonin levels can fluctuate, leading to both positive and negative emotions. This can explain why people in love often experience intense emotions, ranging from extreme happiness to anxiety or even obsession.

Oxytocin is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’ because it is released during social bonding and intimacy. When we fall in love, oxytocin levels increase, promoting feelings of trust, attachment, and bonding. Oxytocin is particularly important in long-term relationships, as it helps strengthen the emotional connection between partners.

Finally, the brain’s reward system, which involves the release of dopamine, is also activated when someone falls in love. This reward system reinforces the pleasurable feelings associated with being in love, making us want to seek out and spend time with the person we are attracted to. It creates a positive feedback loop, where the more time we spend with our loved one, the more dopamine is released, and the stronger our feelings of love become.

But all of that is after you fall in love. What I want to examine with you today is the science of falling in love – what happens when you see someone you’re attracted to?

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Love at First Sight: Exploring the Science of Falling in Love

Let’s burrow into the details a bit further, shall we? Here’s an interesting perspective to consider: love at first sight isn’t typically a ‘bonafide’ affection—it’s more likely a potent combination of physical attraction and intrigue sparked by uniqueness or familiarity.

But first, let’s get something straight. Simply put, physical attraction is visually triggered by hormone-driven preference for specific physical characteristics in a prospective mate. Quick glances lasting only moments can incredibly elicit an immediate and powerful response. Think about it—you’re at a social gathering, swiping through a dating app, or just walking down the street, and your eyes suddenly lock with another’s. In an instant, your heart flutters and your stomach churns. Ring a bell?

This is where biology plays its part—the “love hormone,” oxytocin, dashes through your system, causing a rush of attraction enveloped with joy, comfort, and a craving for closeness. Don’t get this wrong; it’s purely biological, but sets the field for deeper emotional connections that could eventually lead to love. “Boom!” — an intriguing start but not love, not just yet.

Still with me? Good, because there’s more. Alongside physical attraction, there’s this sense of intrigue that often gets overlooked. The potential love interest might look or behave in a way that’s either unique or mirrors something familiar. This spark of difference or similarity piques your interest, and you’re drawn to know more about them. This, in scientific terms, forms the cognitive aspect of attraction. Nonetheless, even with physical attraction and intrigue combined, you haven’t quite reached love yet. 

Yes, it’s a misconception that love at first sight is outright love. Rather, it’s the spark for intrigue and a declaration of physical attraction. A promising prelude to love, but not essentially love itself.

Consequentially, what we name as ‘love at first sight’ could more accurately be seen as the potential for love. It acts as the springboard from which you step to know someone deeply, in hopes of intensifying that initial spark into the all-encompassing flame of love. So by all means, let your heart flutter and your stomach churn, but remember – real love takes time.

The Power of Attraction: What Makes Someone Physically Appealing

When it comes to the power of attraction, physical appeal isn’t just about having a chiseled jawline or stunning eyes—it’s a complex combination of factors that draw us towards another person. It’s an interplay of biology, psychology, and cultural standards. 

From a biological viewpoint, physical attractiveness can be seen as a sign of good health and strong genes. Certain features, like clear skin or symmetrical facial features, suggest potential for a healthy offspring. This is deeply rooted in the animal kingdom and human beings aren’t exempt. Research shows that we’re all subconsciously attracted to physical attributes indicating good health, for reasons of potential procreation. 

But, beauty isn’t purely biological. There’s also a psychological component. Personal experiences, childhood memories, and the media can shape what we find attractive. These aspects influence how we define beauty and to whom we’re attracted. For instance, if you grew up surrounded by people with dark hair and light eyes—you might naturally find people with these characteristics more attractive. 

Beyond biology and psychology, cultural standards play a pivotal role. Different societies have diverse standards of beauty, which often translates into what we find attractive. In some cultures, plump figures are considered attractive, a symbol of wealth and abundance. In others, slim figures are the ideal, representing modern notions of health and fitness. Despite the differences, a key factor remains consistent, the desire to conform to societal expectations and trends. 

Physical appeal is a multidimensional concept. It encompasses biological instincts, psychological impressions, and sociocultural paradigms. It plays an essential role in the science of falling in love, setting the stage for emotional connection and a deeper sense of intimacy. It’s the spark that can ignite the flame of love, yet it’s important to remember that, while important, it’s just one piece of the puzzle. 

  • Biology: Physical appeal perceived as a sign of good health and reproductive potential.
  • Psychology: Personal experiences and media influencing our perception of beauty.
  • Culture: Societal standards of beauty dictating what is attractive within a given culture.

Remember, physical attractiveness may spark the interest, but it’s the shared experiences, emotional connection, and personality compatibility that fuel the flame of long-lasting love.

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The Science of Falling in Love: How Compatible Traits Affect Relationships

When you think about falling in love, do you think of that electrical connection? A spark that lightens up your whole being? But, what really causes such a spark? Well, science has a say on that too! It’s not just physical appeal that attracts us to our partner, our personalities play a significant role too.

Strong compatible personality traits often form the foundation of long-lasting relationships. Scientists have identified some key aspects that significantly impact the dynamics of a relationship.

Similarity

Believe it or not, similarity plays a critical role in establishing strong bonds in a relationship. Like-minded people often understand each other better, paving the path for a smoother relationship.

Complementarity

Though similarity is important, the beauty of love lies in the balance. Love embraces an intriguing concept called complementarity. It’s all about how differences in your personalities can beautifully harmonize each other’s life.

Emotional Stability

Love tends to flourish when emotional stability is present. It’s the backbone of any relationship. Emotional support during tough times can reinforce the bond, helping you understand each other’s feelings and emotions.

The “Big Five” Personality Traits

Ever heard about the ‘Big Five’ personality traits? They hold a significant place in love science. These are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

Big Five Trait Preference in a Partner
Openness People value partners who are open-minded and creative
Conscientiousness Conscientious people are reliable and organized, desired traits in any relationship
Extraversion People often look for partners who are outgoing and sociable
Agreeableness Kindness and understanding are the traits adored by most
Neuroticism While low levels of neuroticism can be good, everyone has their own threshold

Whether it’s about being similar or having complementing differences, or being stable emotionally, it’s your personality traits that drive the path of your love life. So, next time when you feel that spark, understand that it’s your personalities dancing in harmony, creating a beautiful love story to cherish.

The Brain in Love: Examining the Neuroscience of Falling for Someone

Have you ever thought about what’s happening in your brain when you’re falling in love? Well, buckle up, because we’re about to take a wild ride through your neural pathways and explore the neuroscience of love!

The Phenomenon

The process of falling in love kicks off a potent mix of neurotransmitters, responsible for creating the various emotions you experience. This emotional cocktail includes dopamine, oxytocin, vasopressin, serotonin, and adrenaline, each playing a critical role in the feeling of being in love. Just to review:

  • Dopamine: This chemical, associated with reward and desire, creates intense joyous feelings when you see or think about your loved one.
  • Oxytocin: Often dubbed as the ‘bonding hormone’, it is released during touching or intimate moments, strengthening the special bond between two people in love.
  • Vasopressin: This hormone is important for long-term commitment and is believed to be critical for sustaining attraction over time.
  • Serotonin: Its decrease in the brain can cause obsessive thoughts about the beloved person.
  • Adrenaline: This neurotransmitter is responsible for the sweaty palms and heart pounding, that classic ‘flight or fight’ response, which is activated when seeing, or even thinking about, the person you love.

It’s a chemical roller coaster, and it explains why love often feels like a heady rush of feelings, a whirlwind of emotions that can feel both euphoric and nerve-wracking.

From Lust to Attachment

According to studies, the process of falling in love can be divided into three distinct phases: Lust, Attraction, and Attachment. Each phase is associated with unique hormonal responses.

Phase Key Hormones Description
Lust Testosterone and estrogen Dominant in the first phase, these hormones trigger desire.
Attraction Dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin This is the love-struck phase. Your brain releases a ton of these neurotransmitters, making you feel overwhelmingly in love.
Attachment Oxytocin and vasopressin These hormones help create the affectionate bond that keeps couples together.

By studying these stages and the associated hormones, scientists want to understand not just the science of falling in love, but also why things go wrong, and possibly how to induce the feelings of love, a question that draws us back through the ages.

“Falling in love is a thrilling, transcendent, and ultimately inevitable part of the human experience. Understanding the neurochemical reactions at play can give us greater control over our experiences and allow us to better appreciate the joy and connection of romantic love.”

So the next time your heart skips a beat, remember it’s not just an empty cliché, it’s a glimpse into the fascinating neurochemical ballet unfolding in your brain. The process of falling in love can be as complex and beautiful as love itself!

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The Science of Falling in Love: Exploring the Influence of DNA on Attraction

So, you’re probably wondering – does our unique genetic blueprint hold any sway over who we fall for? To answer this question, we need to delve into the fascinating intersections of genetics, biochemistry, and romantic love.

Researchers have found that, to a certain degree, our DNA does play a pivotal role in who we are attracted to. It’s not as simple as saying ‘genetics determines love,’ however. It’s a complex co-dance of nature and nurture, where our genetic makeup influences our preferences, and our lived experiences shape how we interpret those preferences.

One of the ways DNA influences our love lives is through the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), an important part of our immune system. A groundbreaking study revealed that women are likely to prefer the scent of men whose MHC genes are dissimilar from their own. Simply put, opposites—at least in genetic terms—do attract! This makes biological sense as potential offspring with a diverse set of immune system genes are likely to be fitter and have greater survival chances.

Love, Genetics, and Hormones: The Biochemistry of Attachment

Aside from MHC genes, certain hormones, largely determined by our genes, play key roles in love. Oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’, and Vasopressin, both come into play in long-term relationships.

Again, oxytocin is a hormone that is released during moments of intimacy, from hugging to childbirth. This hormone is crucial in forming a strong bond between two individuals. Netting it down — oxytocin helps us stick with our partners and feel attached to them.

Similarly, vasopressin also plays a role in bonding and attachment and together they contribute to the feeling of being deeply in love.

It’s important to remember that while our genetic makeup and hormones influence who we fall in love with, they don’t dictate our actions. Personal choice, values, and experiences also play a crucial role in romantic love and long-term relationships.

To put it all into perspective: science can certainly add clarity to the mystery of love, but it doesn’t have all the answers. Love is a beautiful complexity of biology, experience, and emotion. And perhaps, that’s what makes it so extraordinary.

The Role of Communication in Love: Building Strong Connections

It’s time to delve into the art of connection. Communication plays an integral role in fostering love and developing deeper, more meaningful relationships. It’s not merely about exchanging words but it’s the key to mutual understanding, problem-solving, +and projecting authentic emotional openness.

Expressing your thoughts and feelings is a fundamental aspect of building connections. It is essential to effectively communicate your desires, aspirations, fears, and insecurities to your partner to strengthen the bond and foster emotional intimacy.

Moreover, active listening is also a significant part of communication. A good listener not only hears, but understands, processes, and responds appropriately to the information received. A relationship where both parties actively listen to each other evolves into a stronger connection, enabling them to navigate through misunderstandings and conflicts with ease.

  • Understanding non-verbal cues: Non-verbal communication contributes significantly to overall communication. Gestures, body language, eye contact, and facial expressions can speak volumes about a person’s emotions and feelings. Within a loving relationship, decoding these cues with empathy can enhance mutual understanding.
  • Transparent communication: Be clear and open in your messages to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations. This plays a crucial role in building trust.

Communication isn’t just about talking, it’s about connecting – understanding and being understood. It is the bridge that helps two individuals come together, creating the foundation for a loving, long-lasting relationship.

Remember that effective communication within love is a skill that one can learn and improve upon. It’s not always easy, but it’s certainly worth your effort. After all, it’s through communication that we share our worlds and intertwine our hearts.

Love and the Five Senses: How Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch Impact Relationships

You may wonder how each of our five senses plays a pivotal role in the grand spectacle that is falling in love. Let’s go on a sensory journey together, examining how sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch all contribute to the fascinating science of love.

First off, let’s talk about vision. Remember the phrase, ‘Love at first sight’? It’s not just a romantic cliché, rather, there’s science behind it. A significant part of our initial attraction comes from visual cues. Physical attractiveness does play a crucial role in romantic love, mostly due to our innate biological leanings for certain traits that suggest good health or reproductive capabilities.

Next, sound. The cadence of one’s voice, their laugh, or even just the gentle hum of their breathing could create a symphony that resonates with your heart. Interestingly, research has found that women may be more attracted to men with deep voices, potentially related to primitive instincts for a strong and protective mate.

Moving onto smell. Oh, the allure of a captivating scent! Our sense of smell can play a surprising role in attraction. While it may sound strange, it’s potentially connected to our subconscious assessment of another person’s immune system through scent cues. This might lead us towards partners with complementary immune systems, enhancing the chances of our offsprings’ survival.

Now, let’s explore taste. Those shared meals, that first kiss; taste carries intimate, exquisite significance. The taste of a potential partner’s kiss could potentially give subconscious information about their health, another key factor in the dance of attraction. Additionally, sharing food or drinks could symbolize unity, bonding, and mutual care in a relationship.

Lastly, touch. The warmth of a hug, the softness of a held hand, the intimacy of a shared personal space; touch not only creates physical connection, but also emotional closeness. It’s a way of communicating empathy, care, and love on a primal level. Studies even suggest that physical contact can release oxytocin, often dubbed the “love hormone”, fostering a sense of trust and bonding.

So there you have it! Love truly is a multi-sensory experience, a complex interplay of different signals and responses. Each sense plays a unique and significant role, and together, they help create the incredible experience that is falling in love. Love indeed isn’t just about the heart – it’s about all your senses too!

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The Role of Culture in Love: How Societal Norms Shape Relationships

Understanding love requires a dive into diverse aspects of life, including culture. Cultural norms and values heavily influence our idea of love, affecting not only who we fall in love with, but also how we express and experience it. Culturally dictated rules and expectations create a unique paradigm of love in every society, often with significant differences seen across regions and generations. 

Let’s explore how numerous cultural factors often shape our relationships.

Familial Influence and Arranged Marriages 

In some cultures, love isn’t just about personal feelings but is deeply intertwined with familial relations and duties. For instance, in many South Asian communities, arranged marriages are common where the decision of life partners is largely affected by family approval. Here, love is often an emotion that is expected to grow over time after the marriage rather than preceding it. This can also lead to a culture of endorsed collectivity over personal romantic autonomy.

Societal Norms and Love Expression 

The societal norms prevalent in a given culture often moderate how love is expressed. Some cultures encourage the open display of love and affection, viewing public expressions of passion as a norm. On the contrary, others value discretion and modesty, leading to subtler expressions of love. The idea of PDA (Public Display of Affection) can mean entirely different things depending on the cultural lens one applies.

Gender Roles in Love 

Every culture has prescribed gender roles which can influence how love is experienced. In some cultures, men are expected to be the main initiators, while women are supposed to be passive recipients. This often works to create a power dynamic in relationships, influencing how love is pursued and nurtured.

Cultural Value Systems 

Cultures that emphasize individualistic values often put personal happiness and love compatibility at the forefront of relationships. In contrast, collectivist cultures might put a stronger emphasis on factors like social approval, economic stability, and family cohesion in deciding their love and marriage choices. 

While love remains a universal emotion, it’s fascinating to see how much one’s cultural milieu can affect the perception and manifestation of such a fundamental human experience. 

Love and Technology: How Digital Platforms Influence Modern Romantic Connections

In our rapidly digitizing world, technology is playing an increasingly important role in the way we form romantic connections. But exactly how does it impact our pursuit and experience of love? 

In the past, finding a romantic partner often revolved around physical proximity—neighbors, schoolmates, or coworkers were often the object of affection. However, digital platforms have significantly broadened our romantic horizons. Now, the possibility of finding love is not just within a ten-mile radius, but from anywhere around the globe. 

Online Dating and Romantic Selection 

Online dating has revolutionized how we meet potential partners. Instead of relying on traditional methods, many couples today meet through apps or websites. These offer an array of choices and the ability to filter potential matches based on personal preferences, greatly expanding the pool of potential partners beyond our immediate physical surroundings. 

In the realm of online dating, we tend to make judgments about potential partners in mere seconds, often based on a few photos or a short bio. This rapid decision-making process, while efficient, often leans towards superficial judgments, placing increased importance on physical attractiveness. 

As you navigate these digital platforms, remember, while technology aids in finding a match, the success of a relationship ultimately relies on mutual understanding and emotional connection. So, don’t forget to look beyond the screen!

Digital Communication and Relationships 

Technology has also transformed the way we communicate within our relationships. Text messages, video calls, and social media have become integral channels of communication for couples. 

While these platforms allow us to stay connected 24/7, they can also impact our relationships in complex ways. The misinterpretation of a text message or overanalyzing a partner’s social media can lead to misunderstandings and potential tension within relationships. On the plus side, digital communication can keep the flame of love burning for long-distance relationships, allowing couples to connect no matter where they are. 

Remember: How we use technology can either make or break our relationships. It’s essential to create a balance and foster open, honest communication for a healthy connection. 

Technology and Relationship Quality 

Is there a correlation between technology usage and relationship quality? The answer is not straightforward. While technology can bring couples together, excessive use can also create a divide. 

Studies have shown that intrusive technology use—like using a smartphone during a dinner date—can lead to lower satisfaction levels within a relationship. Therefore, it’s essential to set boundaries when it comes to technology use within relationships. 

Despite all the changes brought about by technology, the core principles of love have remained the same. Honesty, respect, and compassion are values that count both offline and online. As we continue to navigate the intersection of love and technology, let’s keep these principles at the forefront of our digital romantic ventures.

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The Science of  Falling in Love Long-Term: How Relationships Evolve Over Time

Relationships – they’re beautiful, intricate, and can sometimes be perplexing. And that can make us wonder, “How do these romantic bonds transform over time?” This section touches upon the nuances of long-term love, studying the course it typically takes and the transformations that come along its path.

The beginning of a romantic liaison typically sparks with an intense passion called the honeymoon phase. Here, infatuation is the star of the show, and partners often find themselves delighting in every minute spent together. However, it’s essential to understand that this stage is temporary and serves as a launching pad into subsequent stages of long-term love.

As relationships progress, so does the understanding of the other person, leading to something we call a deepening bond. This stage brings about shared intimacy, where partners start becoming a ‘we’ rather than ‘I’. They begin to understand each other’s quirks, values, and world-views, further solidifying the bond.

Past this stage are phases marked by attachment and commitment. Here, the chemistry between partners has now evolved into a mutual understanding and a feeling of security. The love becomes more profound, transcending beyond physical attraction and the initial heart-fluttering moments. It’s now based on trust, a sense of partnership, and the shared history between the two.

It’s important, however, to mention a crucial aspect of long-term love – dealing with challenges. After all, no relationship is blissful at all times. There will be disagreements and conflicts, which, contrary to popular belief, are natural and even healthy for relationships. They serve as opportunities for individual and mutual growth, helping you to better understand your partner and yourself.

Yet, for all their importance, these stages aren’t rigid classifications but more of a flexible guideline. Relationships are as unique as the people in them, and so is their journey of love. The key takeaway here is that love develops and morphs over time, growing stronger and deeper with shared experiences, challenges, and the ongoing mutual understanding between partners.

What’s also worth mentioning is the vital role played by communication, trust, respect, empathy, and patience in evolving relationships. While the cocktail of romantic feelings makes a compelling beginning, these essential ingredients help keep the relationship afloat over time, making the journey worthwhile.

“In the end, love doesn’t just happen to us. We navigate it, for better or for worse.” ― Stephanie Coontz

The Role of Trust in Love: Building and Maintaining Strong Bonds

Trust is the cornerstone of any successful relationship, particularly a romantic one. You might have thought it was all about heart-pounding passion and endearing sweetness, but it’s much more layered than that. Trust is symbolic of safety and security in a relationship, the belief that your partner will respect and honor you and your relationship’s boundaries. It’s that steadying ship that sails you through turbulent waters and keeps you more resilient than you might have imagined you could be.

But let’s rip the band-aid off right now: Building trust? It’s not always a walk in the park. It takes time, patience, and the ability to be vulnerable – which yes, can seem downright intimidating. But the payoff? It’s worth every ounce of effort. When trust exists, you can feel genuine love, without fear, without hesitation.

The creation and perpetuation of trust involve:

  • Consistency: Consistency is key to building trust. It’s important to be able to rely on your partner. Being consistent in your words and actions helps foster that assurance.
  • Honesty: Honesty in communication fosters transparency. This openness allows for trust to take root and grow.
  • Empathy: If you can put yourself in your partner’s shoes and feel empathetic towards their emotions, you’re laying a strong foundation for trust and mutual understanding.
  • Patience: Trust requires time to form. It needs patience to cultivate it and make it strong.

Trust isn’t built overnight, it grows with the passing of time and the accumulation of shared experiences – the good and the challenging – and it can take different forms for different people.

Trusting too quickly or too much can leave one exposed and vulnerable, especially if the other party doesn’t uphold the same value for trust. It’s necessary to be able to judge character, observe actions over time, and make informed decisions about the degree of trust to place in someone.

But it’s equally important to remember that no one is perfect. Mistakes will be made. But if these are handled with empathy, honesty, and open communication, they can even serve to strengthen the bond of trust.

Here’s a little more food for thought: Trust is not a static entity. It’s a living, breathing part of your relationship that’ll require nurturing and care over time. Regular meals of open conversations, shared experiences, and respect for boundaries feed this, making it resilient and strong.

So, the next time you feel your heart flutter with attraction, remember: Love is a beautiful, multifaceted emotion – and at its center, trust holds it together.

The Role of Memories in Love: How Shared Experiences Shape Emotional Connections

When it comes to love, we often overlook the significant role that shared experiences and memories play in shaping emotional connections between individuals. Science tells us that shared memories are more than just nostalgic recollections; they can be powerful bonding tools that contribute to a richer, more fulfilling relationship.

In the context of romantic love, these shared experiences don’t just include the grand gestures or milestone events. Everyday moments, such as laughing at a funny movie together or experiencing the taste of a new cuisine, can foster bonding and rapport. The more shared experiences we have with someone, the greater the likelihood of developing a deep emotional connection.

Why are shared experiences so powerful?

Researchers suggest two main reasons. First, shared experiences foster a sense of joint identity and unity. It’s the thought of ‘We did that together’. It initiates something called ‘in-group bias’, a kind of positive bias towards those whom we perceive as part of our group. This enhances a sense of closeness and belongingness.

Second, shared experiences help us understand each other well. It makes it easier to interpret each other’s feelings, actions, and reactions. Knowing someone on this personal level encourages empathy, compassion, and understanding, all of which are foundational components of love and connection.

But what about memories? How do they tie into love?

According to science, it’s about the process of remembering. When two people share a memorable experience, each person’s recollection of that event will inherently include the other person. Hence, when one person recalls that memory, it prompts thoughts and feelings about the other person and their relationship, leading to a mentality of ‘us’ rather than ‘me’.

However, it’s important to note that it’s not just about creating memories, but also how these memories are communicated and reminisced. Science suggests that re-telling shared memories, a process called ‘replay’, helps to keep the bond strong and the connection alive. Don’t underestimate the power of those ‘Remember when…?’ conversations.

To sum up, the science of love tells us that shared experiences and memories are essential ingredients in cultivating a robust emotional connection. They form a bond, improve understanding, and create a shared identity, making love stronger and deeper. So, keep creating those shared experiences and cherishing those memories because they’re adding a whole new dimension to your love life!

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The Role of Self-Love in Romantic Relationships: How Self-Esteem Impacts Love

Sometimes overlooked is the important role of self-love in romantic relationships. Before delving into this intriguing aspect, let’s first establish what is self-love? Simply put, it’s a high regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. It’s about taking care of your needs, not sacrificing your well-being to please others, and not settling for less than you deserve. 

Now, imagine radiating that kind of energy in a romantic relationship. How significant do you think it could be? Let’s find out.

The connection between self-esteem and love is substantial. The way you view and value yourself directly influences the way you perceive love and, by extension, how you handle your relationships. This can manifest in various ways; let’s touch on a few. 

Confidence in Expressing Needs and Desires 

When you have a high level of self-love, it fuels confidence. You are not afraid to express your needs and desires within a relationship because you recognize your worth. You also are less likely to tolerate being treated poorly because you understand you deserve love and respect. 

Healthy Boundaries 

Strong self-love enables the setting of healthy boundaries. Asserting yourself and setting limits is essential for a balanced relationship. It shows that you value your rights, feelings, and needs at the same level as those of your partner. 

Impacts on Your Partner’s Self-Esteem 

Intriguingly, your self-love and high self-esteem can rub off on your partner. Your positive self-image can inspire your significant other to develop a healthier view of their self-worth, leading to a more fulfilling romantic relationship. 

Less Dependency on Partner for Happiness 

Persons with high self-love are less likely to be excessively dependent on their partner for happiness. Because they have the ability to find joy and satisfaction within themselves, they can add to the relationship rather than draining from it. 

Now, this doesn’t mean that the relationship road will forever be smooth for those with high self-esteem. It’s also important to note that self-love is not an remedy-all solution. Nevertheless, from the scientific perspective, it has been proven to play a crucial role in fostering healthier, more rewarding romantic relationships.

Feel good about yourself first, and watch how it transforms your journey to love!

The Science of Love Languages: Understanding and Communicating Emotional Needs

Dr. Gary Chapman coined the term ‘love languages’ to describe the ways people feel loved and appreciated. Depending on our individual personality types, we may feel loved differently than how our partners do. Understanding these differences can significantly improve relationship success. 

What are Love Languages? 

In his book, “The 5 Love Languages,” Chapman outlines five ways that people prefer to give and receive love: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch. None of these are inherently better than the others; they’re simply different ways that people feel loved.

“Being in a relationship and understanding love languages is about giving to your partner in a way they understand and receive the best, even if it’s not natural or easy for you.”

Words of Affirmation 

For people who prefer the Words of Affirmation love language, they feel the most adored when their partner is open with their feelings and expresses love and appreciation through words. Compliments, verbal encouragement, and frequently saying, “I love you,” mean the world to these types of individuals. 

Acts of Service 

Acts of Service is a love language for individuals who believe that actions speak louder than words. Instead of hearing their partners say, “I love you,” they prefer their partners to show their love by helping with tasks and chores, making meals, or even filling up their gas tank. Small, thoughtful gestures like these are considered expressions of love. 

Receiving Gifts 

Receiving Gifts, as a love language, doesn’t have to be materialistic. Sometimes, it’s the thought that counts. Individuals who favor this language feel most loved when their partner surprises them with a gift. A little present that shows you were thinking about them can mean the world. 

Quality Time 

People with Quality Time as their love language cherish full, undivided attention from their partners. They deeply appreciate dedicated time without distractions. Simple activities like taking a walk together or having a quiet dinner can provide fulfilling bonding experiences. 

Physical Touch 

Last, but not least, individuals who feel loved through Physical Touch often treasure hugs, holding hands, and affectionate touches. For these people, physical intimacy and close, personal instances are direct routes to their hearts. 

To better understand and communicate with your partner, it’s essential to understand not only your love language but theirs as well. This understanding promotes better communication, reduces confusion, and enhances the connection because it communicates to each partner that they are loved in a way they understand and prefer.

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The Role of Attachment Styles in Love: How Early Experiences Shape Adult Relationships

You’ve likely heard the phrase “the past shapes the future”, right? Well, when it comes to love, it couldn’t be more accurate. Your early life experiences, especially those regarding attachment, have a significant influence on how you forge and maintain romantic relationships in adulthood. Let’s delve a little deeper into this fascinating science. 

Attachment styles in psychology refer to the different ways we approach and respond to situations, particularly those that stress us or need us emotionally. Initially observed in parent-child interactions, these styles later manifest in our adult relationships as well. There are mainly four types: secure, anxious-preoccupied, dismissive-avoidant, and fearful-avoidant. 

Secure Attachment 

Those with a secure attachment style tend to have satisfying, stable relationships. As children, they likely had their needs met consistently and learned that they could rely on others. In adulthood, they trust their partners, can express their needs comfortably, and are resilient in the face of relationship challenges. 

Anxious-Preoccupied Attachment 

On the other hand, individuals with an anxious-preoccupied style are often insecure and crave approval and reassurance. As kids, they might have experienced inconsistent attention, leading them to become anxious about their relationship status as adults. This could translate into clingy or demanding behavior in romantic settings. 

Dismissive-Avoidant Attachment 

The dismissive-avoidant types are the lone wolves of the attachment world. They value their independence to a high degree and somewhat keep others at arm’s length. They’re comfortable being alone and can appear detached in relationships. This.style often stems from early experiences where their needs were overlooked or even ignored. 

Fearful-Avoidant Attachment 

Lastly, those with fearful-avoidant attachment style can be paradoxical. They yearn for close connections but fear them at the same time. This behavior is likely a fallout of traumatic or unpredictable childhood experiences. They may find it challenging to fully trust their partners or to rely on them. 

Recognizing your own attachment style and understanding your partner’s can greatly enhance your relationship. It allows for better communication, deeper understanding, and ultimately, more powerful bonds. Keep in mind that it’s possible to move away from unhealthy attachment styles through therapy, personal growth, and supportive relationships. After all, love is not just about understanding the science, but also about making the personal transformations that it inspires.

The Power of Intuition in Love: Listening to Your Gut When It Comes to Matters of the Heart

Ever been in a situation where a ‘feeling in your gut’ guided you towards a decision about a potential partner? You’re not alone. This phenomenon is often referred to as intuition and it plays an essential role in love and relationships. 

Intuition, sometimes called a ‘gut feeling,’ can be considered as a rapid response mechanism that operates outside of conscious thought. It makes use of our subconscious observations, experiences, and cues to make swift, often immeasurably complex judgments and decisions. When it comes to love, intuition is essentially our brain gathering, analyzing, and interpreting the complexity of interpersonal interactions, subtle cues, and emotional signals that escape the sphere of conscious thought. 

Why is Intuition Important? 

The power of intuition in love is profound. It can give us insight into our compatibility with others, help us navigate the complexities of relationships, and even act as an early warning system when something isn’t quite right. In many cases, it’s this instinctual gut feeling that can steer us towards or away from potential partners, often long before our conscious mind has fully processed the situation. 

Consider intuition as a loving friend who’s looking out for your best interests. Even if their advice sometimes seems a little blurred or hard to comprehend, in the end, it’s usually for the best. Embracing your intuition might be a leap of faith, but it’s an exciting one that can potentially lead to exhilarating experiences. 

The Connection between Intuition and Relationships 

Navigating the maze of romance can be complicated. Our intuition can help us make sense of those complex situations. In relationships, this might involve intuitively responding to a partner’s needs, navigating conflict, or deciding when to express ourselves. While our gut feelings aren’t always right, they can be incredibly valuable if we acknowledge them and use them alongside other decision-making strategies. 

To leverage your intuition effectively in your love life, you should learn to trust and respect these feelings. Recognize that your intuition is giving you valuable information that deserves consideration. Ultimately, your dating and relationship experiences should not be based on intuition alone, but rather a mix of intuition, rational thought, open communication, and mutual respect. 

Whether it’s choosing a lifetime partner or making daily decisions in an ongoing relationship, intuition can be a reliable guide. Listening to your gut doesn’t mean discounting logic or ignoring the facts. Rather, it suggests taking into account our instinctive feelings and using them in conjunction with conscious thought to reach a balanced decision. 

Remember. Like any skill, honing your intuition takes practice. So, start tuning in, and let this instinctive wisdom play its part in your journey of love.

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The Science of Lust vs. Love: Understanding the Difference and Overcoming Infatuation

When it comes to understanding the complex world of human emotions, two commonly confused feelings are lust and love. But in truth, these emotions are as different as night and day in terms of their biological foundation, their effect on our psychology, and how they play out in relationships. Let’s try to unravel the science behind them to help you better navigate your romantic journey. 

Understanding Lust: The Biological Imperative 

Consider lust as the biological motor that keeps our species going. It’s primarily driven by the primitive part of our brain known as the hypothalamus, which signals the release of hormones like testosterone and estrogen. These hormones, in turn, trigger a simplistic desire for physical intimacy – a stark contrast to the deep emotional connection associated with love. Yes, lust feels intense and even a little intoxicating, but it usually lacks the emotional depth and commitment found in genuine love. 

Defining Love: A Deeper Connection 

Love, like a well-written symphony, is multilayered and profound. It combines the physical attraction that sparks off a relationship with emotional closeness and a mutual bond of trust and commitment. Love engages a broader range of our brain, involving areas that govern emotion, reward, empathy, decision-making, memory, and even stress. While the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, often referred to as the “love hormones”, are critical to the deep attachment indicative of love, it’s the profound interpersonal bond that sets love apart from lust. 

Spotting the Differences: Lust versus Love 

You might wonder, then, how to distinguish between lust and love in your own experiences. To make it easier, here are a few key differences: 

  • Fleeting vs. Long-lasting: Lust is typically short-lived and can fade after the initial burst of passion. Love, on the other hand, tends to grow and evolve over time, deepening with shared experiences and mutual understanding.
  • Physical Desire vs. Emotional Depth: Lust generally concerns a strong desire for physical intimacy, with less focus on personal and emotional connections. Love is a deep attachment that combines both physical attraction and emotional bonding.
  • Self-focused vs. Other-focused: With lust, the focus tends to be on satisfying one’s own needs and desires. In contrast, the nature of love often centers on caring for the other person’s needs and desires, sometimes even over our own.

Overcoming Infatuation: From Lust to Love 

So, if you find yourself caught in the intoxicating whirl of lust, how do you move towards a more authentic love? Remember, it’s not necessarily about suppressing lust. After all, it’s a natural and healthy part of our biological makeup. However, try not to let it be the sole basis for a relationship. Cultivate deeper emotional bonds, learn more about your partner on a personal level and invest time in shared experiences. Remember, genuine love is about understanding and accepting your partner, both for their strengths and weaknesses. 

Moving from lust to love is a journey that requires patience, effort, and an understanding of yourself and your partner. But with maturity and mindfulness, it’s a transformation that’s rewarding in ways that lust alone can never be.

The Science of Falling in Love: That’s a Wrap!

It’s clear that the science of falling in love is far from simple. It’s an intricate tapestry woven from threads of biology, psychology, sociology, and individual experiences. But I hope that understanding these mechanisms gives you a new appreciation for the complexity – and beauty – of human love. 

Remember: 

  • Attraction is influenced by a cocktail of physical, emotional, and sociocultural factors. Don’t discount the power of personality or the importance of a shared cultural worldview.
  • Love and attachment are rooted in both our brains and our genes. The rush of feel-good hormones is more than just a pleasant sensation – it’s nature’s way of bonding us to the people who matter most.
  • Communication is key in sustaining healthy relationships. Just as you learned to express your needs clearly and asserted your boundaries, engaging in open, honest dialogue helps maintain a strong emotional connection with your partner and foster mutual trust.
  • Don’t overlook the role of self-love in a romantic relationship. Your confidence and respect for yourself set the tone for how others treat you and establish a positive, supportive environment for love to grow.

Whether you’re single, dating, or in a long-term relationship, understanding the science behind attraction, attachment, and long-term love can make the journey a little bit clearer – and perhaps more rewarding. However, remember that at the end of the day, every person and every relationship is unique and cannot be simplified to mere scientific theories and research findings. 

At its core, love is a human experience – a messy, glorious, and profoundly personal experience. It’s hard to put into words and harder to quantify. But perhaps that’s what makes it so special. So go forth, keeping in mind the science of love but also embracing the unpredictable, wonderful mystery that it is. 

Because that’s the beauty of love – it transcends beyond science, becoming something far greater and more powerful. It’s an emotion that guides us, shapes us, and at times, defines us. It is a force of nature that is just as scientific as it is, ultimately, profoundly human. 

In sum, love is science and art, pattern and chaos, familiarity and adventure. It’s falling in sync with someone else, hand in hand, embracing the journey together.

First Impressions Matter!

First Impressions Matter!

First Impressions Matter

In Chapter Two of my new book, Night Moves, you discover that first impressions matter! To gain the attention of a great man, you must first stand out, but how do you do that without attracting the wrong men?

Unfortunately, some women have everything going for them except a high enough confidence level. When I go out with my friends, I can see exactly who they are. They’re the women who try to use sex appeal instead of their intellect and sense of humor to snag a guy.

These women, not all of them young, show up wearing what they think will appeal to men. The short skirts that are so short they’re half-mooning the entire place border on ridiculous, as do the tight pants and low-cut tops. To complete the outfit, they wear six-inch heels that turn them into a statuesque pedestal of sex.

While women think this makes a great impression, the truth is that you’re drawing in the wrong kind of guy. An outfit like this screams, “Hey, I have no confidence in my ability to attract you with anything other than my body, so here you are!”

You just made a lousy first impression on every confident man in the room, and that’s the guy you should be going after! But instead, you’ll attract every player and loser. Is that what you want? If you’re going for a hookup, you dressed appropriately, but if you wanted to make a great first impression with Mr. Right, you struck out.

Don’t Go Too Far the Other Way

I’m not suggesting you wear a blouse buttoned to your chin and a dumpy skirt. Instead, strike a balance between style and mystery.

A man is more intrigued by what he doesn’t see than what he does. Men like to use their imaginations and can’t do that if you give them a free show.

Develop your style and use it. If you’re comfortable in a pencil skirt and silky blouse, wear it, but if your style is tie-dye and Birkenstocks, go for it. Your ability to express your style is directly related to your confidence level.

Dressing comfortably trumps a peep show every time. How comfortable can it be to constantly tug your skirt down or wish you could unbutton your pants because they’re too tight?

Your goal is subtle intrigue. Wear your bangs so they swoop across one eye, flash a coy smile, and strut across the room like you own the place. Wear clothing that accentuates your best features but doesn’t give away your assets.

Let men wonder what’s beyond those buttons and zippers. You’d be surprised at how little it takes to get a man’s mind to wander. You stand out by not dressing like all the other women there.

Men see two types of women. The rest stops, or the women they can have sex with tonight, and the keepers, or the women they want to have a relationship with. Those who are flashing their bottoms and breasts are quickly labeled as the rest stops, while those who stand out are the keepers.

It isn’t that men don’t notice the women in the revealing clothes; it’s that she quickly becomes a woman with one use – sex.

First Impressions | The Choice is Yours

Now that you know how men perceive you, you can make a choice. If you’re simply looking for an NSA relationship, wear what you like, but if your goal is to find a man who could be the one, I encourage you to give your look a second thought. Be mysterious and confident. The players will fish somewhere else, and the confident men will approach!

Do you have your Night Moves down? Are you ready to go out and get a guy to fall for you, using science and not trickery? If so, this is the book for you! I've done the research, and you get to benefit. Here are the steps you can take, whether you're headed out on a first date or going out with your friends to look for men. The science behind attraction is just a few clicks away!

Here are just a couple of things you'll learn inside this best-seller:

  • Red lipstick is magical when it comes to attraction...learn why inside
  • Looking at a guy, looking away, and then looking back with the right timing sends a clear signal...but what signal? Learn inside the book
  • You can get a guy to feel like he's falling for you with a few subtle movements. Learn what they are in this book!

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How to Make a Man Fall in Love with You

How to Make a Man Fall in Love with You

You’re here today because you want to learn how to make a man fall in love with you. You’re tired of dating users and losers, and you’re ready to meet a great guy, fall in love and live happily ever after!

Are there certain things you can do to improve your chances of getting your knight to fall for you?

Yes, there are tactics to help in your quest to learn how to make a man fall in love with you.

I call them Night Moves!

No doubt you’re already shaking your head, wondering if I’ve completely gone off the deep end. A book on how to make a man fall in love with me, Gregg?? Really? Come on…

Yes.

Well, okay, sort of. Night Moves isn’t about how to force someone to fall in love with you. Instead, it gives you every advantage in finding and building attraction with a great guy.

Now, back to the original question. Can you make someone fall in love with you? Yes and no. What you’re going to learn is how to use the science behind attraction to yours.

What??

I know. Stay with me.

The truth is that many things are happening in your body when you first see someone new, things you are unaware of. For example, when a woman spots an attractive man for the first time, her pupils dilate. Who knew?

Now, to be clear, I’m not a proponent of love at first sight. I believe the opposite, which is partly why I’m writing about how to make a guy fall in love with you. The facts don’t lie, so why not give yourself every advantage, scientifically, that you can?

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What About Love at First Sight?

Love at first sight is really love at first hindsight. Let’s imagine for a moment you’re in the supermarket. Across the tomato display, you spot him, a true Adonis. You’re nearly speechless. Your heart is fluttery; your knees feel wobbly, and oh my, are you perspiring all of a sudden!?!

All physical responses to not love but attraction. This, my friend, is lust. Let’s suppose your Adonis walks by and crashes into you, knocking your tomatoes onto the ground, busting them up, and making a huge mess.

He doesn’t even stop to say as much as “Uh, sorry.” How’s he lookin’ now? You’re probably ready to deck him, and suddenly, you’re not feeling anything but anger.

Suppose, on the other hand, that same Adonis walked up with a thick Jamaican (insert your favorite accent here) accent. He suavely says, “Excuse me, Miss, but I think you dropped this,” as he hands you the produce bag you dropped, along with your jaw, when you first saw him. He smiles a crooked little smile at you, and you’re sunk.

In the first instance, you felt lust that went into “what a jerk” mode. In the second example, you may go out with this guy and fall in love with him. But, in either case, your first response, all the sweating and beating heart stuff, was lust.

How to Make a Man Fall in Love With You | Apply the Science

You’re anxious to discover how to make Adonis fall in love with you. I get it. That’s what the book is about! You’ll discover how men react to different stimuli and how to prepare yourself to meet Mr. Right.

I know women who’ve met their husbands while pumping gas, at grocery stores, gyms, and charity events. Mr. Right could be anywhere, and the rest of this book is about how to prepare yourself before you leave your house, to meet him, and what to do once he’s in your sights. This stuff gets very exciting and will increase your odds dramatically as you rule the night!

The Rest is History

The book walks you through exactly what you should do once you set your sights on a great guy. You’ll learn the science behind each recommended action and which steps you should take to gain and keep his attention.

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Do you have your Night Moves down? Are you ready to go out and get a guy to fall for you, using science and not trickery? If so, this is the book for you! I've done the research, and you get to benefit. Here are the steps you can take, whether you're headed out on a first date or going out with your friends to look for men. The science behind attraction is just a few clicks away!

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