The laws of attraction*

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If you’re single and wondering whether you’re ready to get back on the dating scene, nerves can sometimes bring doubts that may stop you from moving forward. However, this happens to pretty much everyone and sometimes you just need a gentle nudge to give you the confidence to take the step into the big wide ocean, where you will find plenty of fish to choose from.

Attraction is something that is either there or not. Yes, you can grow to become attracted to someone and it doesn’t necessarily happen at first glance. Many people report that they initially found their current partner’s character far more attractive than their looks and once they got to know them, they became very attracted to them physically. Looks and clothes are in fact some of the least important factors that bring a couple together.

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Don’t forget to smile!

A person’s smile is one of the most important aspects of attraction. In fact, money experts Voucherbox discovered through recent research that 23% of us would leave a bigger tip at a restaurant if the waiter or waitress has a nice smile, above anything else! A smile shows that you’re comfortable with a person and makes you appear more approachable and friendly. Most people agree that a nice smile from a potential partner makes them feel more at ease and relaxed. It is also reported that 70% of men notice a woman’s eyes and smile first, while women tend to notice a man’s eyes at first, then his smile. Whatever sex you are, it seems that a smile is one of the most important attractions.

Pamper yourself

If you’re going on a date or attending a party where you may potentially meet someone, why not treat yourself to some new clothes, an appointment at the hairdresser or a fresh manicure? Sometimes we all need a little pampering to get in the mood and to boost our confidence so that we feel good about ourselves. It makes us smile more and glow, it puts out a positive and happy energy that makes us more attractive. New make-up, a new perfume or a sparkly pair of heels may be just what we need to make us feel gorgeous!

Fling or relationship?

Think about whether you’re interested in just some light-hearted flirting or you’re hoping for a long-term relationship. If your last relationship ended recently, then it’s probably best to avoid meeting someone on the rebound at the risk of becoming emotionally involved too soon. When a relationship ends, you need time to reflect before you move on. But if you have been single for a long time, try not to become too obsessed with focusing on a new relationship becoming long term as soon as possible, let it run its natural course and see what happens. You don’t want to appear desperate or needy to any potential partner, or it could be off-putting. Getting back in the dating game can be exciting and fun, but there’s no need to rush yourself!

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