Funny woman Mindy Kaling is trying on a new hat for size: a relationship expert.
Not that she's giving up her role as Kelly Kapoor on The Office, but she is coming out with a new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, in which she offers up some surprisingly helpful relationship advice. "The Office" Star, Jenna Fischer Gives Birth To A Baby Boy
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An excerpt from her book is available now to read on Glamour where Mindy reveals she likes to eavesdrop on other people's conversations. This can be useful as Mindy herself learned that "you could buy fresh peanut butter at Whole Foods from a machine that grinds it in front of you." Also, her decision to only date men and not boys was a sound one she learned through eavesdropping.
Before turning 30, Mindy was used to dating boys, because men scared the crap out of her. Men know what they want out of life while boys are "still getting haircuts from their roommate and spending whatever money they have on a trip to Colorado to see a music festival."
The first real man Mindy dated owned a home with so much screwed into the walls—a flat screen TV, art, speakers—that it reminded her more of her house growing up than a college dorm room. And, despite the fact that this guy could be a bit of a jerk, he possessed a quality that she knew she wanted: "he wasn't afraid of commitment." 5 Love Lessons From The Office's Michael Scott
She doesn't mean commitment in the sense of relationships, but a commitment to things—houses, jobs, a mortgage payment—because "a guy who is entrenched in his own life is awesome." A man who is committed doesn't want to float around anymore, and it's this "schedule-keeping, waking-up-early, wallet-carrying, picture-hanging man," Mindy wants. And you should, too.
Of course, Mindy acknowledges the fact that she's not married, is kind of a mess and not exactly qualified to give advice. But, with a successful career and an unwaivering confidence, she promises, "When you turn 30—maybe even before—a fun thing to try is dating men. It’ll be like freshly ground peanut butter, times a million."
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What do you think of Mindy's advice? Be sure to check out her new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, out November 1st!
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