An additional rule when it comes to dating is to keep yourself out of harm’s way.
And in light of many of today’s dating apps and sites where you’re potentially meeting a stranger, it’s never been more important to remain vigilant and put your safety and well-being first.
There's a hilarious scene in the movie Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks's character contemplates getting back into the dating game and wonders if the rules have changed.
If that describes you, back in the saddle again after a hiatus, divorce or widowhood, know that yes, the rules have changed—and for the better.
For instance, the next time you go out on a date, why not meet at a bar you’ve wanted to check out, a favorite coffee shop or even at an arcade or bowling alley?
Not only are you putting yourself in a better position to have a good time right off the bat, but even if you don’t hit it off with this person, you’ll still get something out of the date that you enjoyed.
The authors say the most common complaints after a first date are actually that the other person talked too much about themselves, or even worse, was boring.
In other words, you shouldn’t feel pressured or obligated to move faster than you’d like to and/or engage in any activity that you’re not ready for, and that goes for both in and out of the bedroom.
Remember, if you want to have a shot at turning a dating relationship into a serious commitment, you get to call the shots and go at your own pace.
So rather than rushing the process and selecting a partner who doesn’t meet all of your needs and criteria, it’s in your best interest to put in the time it takes to date more people and up your chances of finding the one.
Another key dating rule has to do with your overall outlook and attitude about dating itself.