Over 50 Dating Tips

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How to Make a Good Impression in 5 Steps

Author: OurTime

So you’ve browsed through our extensive listings of senior singles, found a potential match and you’re headed out on your first date. Whether you’ve been at this for decades or you’re re-entering the dating game after a lengthy layoff, there’s always a little trepidation over meeting a date for the first time.

As they always say, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Starting your date off on the right foot can mean the difference between a great night or having your date run off to tend to a suspicious “unexpected emergency” halfway through dinner. 

To make sure you hit the ground running on your first date, take a look at the following five crucial tips:

Have fresh breath!

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Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory. Don’t believe us? Remember that guy in high school who couldn’t land a date because he smelled funny? People still remember him for that.

Don’t be that guy. Swig some mouth wash or chew some just before you meet up to eliminate any chances of residual onion breath. It’s also a good idea to lay off any garlic-y dishes for dinner.

Don’t be late

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The best way to get your date started off on the right foot is to be on time. It’s not just about sticking to a schedule— being on time is an inherent way of showing your date that you’re taking this engagement seriously and you care enough to not leave them waiting. It also demonstrates that you’re well organized, a trait anyone finds appealing.

Of course, sometimes there are unavoidable unforeseen circumstances that can delay a person’s schedule. That’s fine— just make sure to call and tell your date if you’re going to be anything more than five minutes late.

Be energized

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The first few minutes of meeting anyone can be awkward, but if you go into the encounter with a lot of energy it can do wonders for your dating experience. Being energetic is a great way to make your date feel like you want to be there, that you’re genuinely excited about the prospect of meeting someone special. This positivity will rub off onto your date and help break the ice in the opening minutes of your encounter.

A great way to feel energized is to work out earlier in the day before your date. Your brain secretes endorphins when you exercise, which gives your body a sense of well-being that can put you in the perfect mood to meet someone new. Napping beforehand is not recommended— it can throw you off your regular sleeping schedule and leave you feeling groggy the rest of the day.

Review your date’s profile beforehand

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Worried about what you’d talk about with a person you’ve never met before? Go back and look at your date’s profile. People love to talk about what interests them, and you’ll often find plenty of that kind of information on their profile.

If you steer the conversation towards their passions in life, both of you will quickly find yourselves in your comfort zones, making it easy to open up about other things.

Maintain perspective

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Most of the nervousness on a first date can be attributed to people losing perspective on things. It’s human nature to blow things out of proportion and put too much emphasis on making sure you do everything perfectly. Thinking too much about the implications of your every move will only make you hesitant and not act like yourself.

Always remember—this is just a first date. It’s natural to be nervous about the expectations, but keep in mind that on average, couples don’t even kiss on their first date. If it doesn’t go well, there are plenty of other fish in the sea, but as long as you maintain perspective, the first five minutes will be a piece of cake.

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