Psychology Today conducted a study on love-at-first-sight. Believe it or not, Wal-Mart topped the list of places where people encounter irresistible strangers. The study was based on "missed connection" notices posted on Craigslist.
So, how can you take advantage of this trend? Here is a list of seven dating tips to make yourself more approachable and increase your chances of interacting with men at major retail stores:
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1. Smile and make eye contact. I call these two actions "flirting basics" and both make it easier for men to approach you. As a single woman, this is something you want to be more conscious of. The more approachable you are, the more men will take the chance to walk over and say hello. In addition, when you smile, you automatically look more attractive. You can't go wrong when you smile brightly at a man who catches your eye.
2. Be friendly. This is the place to turn up the charm! If you are a naturally bubbly person who interacts easily with people, why not try it while shopping? Being friendly and warm is like sharing your own personal brand of sunshine which creates positive interactions with people that are memorable. The more people you meet, the better your chances for finding "the one."
3. Look up from what you are doing. To be more approachable, be aware of your environment. Every once in a while, look up from whatever you are doing. As a dating coach, I can't tell you how many men have asked me why women in the grocery store are so unfriendly. My bet is that you are focused on shopping and leaving the store as quickly as possible. The solution? Take an extra 5-10 minutes so you look around and connect with people.
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4. Break the ice. Be brave and say something! Most men are flattered when a woman strikes up a conversation. This is another way to make a man's job of approaching you easier. You can talk about anything from the store, to the weather, to what's for dinner. Keep reading ...
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