Bummed about being single? Luckily, summertime can be one of the best times for flying solo. There's plenty to do, and it's hard not to have a positive attitude with sunshine and great weather. Here are a few tips for making the most out of single life in the summer. And who knows? You just might meet someone interesting along the way.
1. Make New Friends.
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I often hear single people complain that all of their friends are married or that their friends don't like going out, so they have no one to spend time with. If that's true for you, find some new social companions. Reconnect with that former co-worker you always got along with but haven't seen in years. Strike up a conversation with that woman you see in your spin class but have never said more than "hi" to. Humans are social creatures, and that's even more true than in the summertime when our socializing opportunities are at an all-time high. Take advantage and be open to new people! You'll expand your social circle and you'll have a good time while doing it.
2. Say YES!
Now, I'm not suggesting anything as daunting as saying yes to every single opportunity that presents itself (you don't have to go shark diving if you really don't want to). But the next time your neighbor invites you to a party, just go. Nevermind that you might not know anyone there, or that it's on a Friday night after a long week of work. Same goes for that play someone suggests you see, or that free concert in the park next Tuesday night. Life will pass you by if you don't take advantage of new opportunities. You never know who you might cross paths with outside of your usual routine. And even if you don't meet your new boyfriend or girlfriend at that concert, at least you will have had a good time!
3. Do Your Research.
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We have an infinite amount of information constantly at our fingertips: no more excuses for not knowing where to go or what to do. Check out listing sites such as www.timeout.com, www.meetup.com, www.fusicology.com and your local newspaper's website. Use social media to keep up with events and parties. Follow local news outlets and event listing sites on Twitter. Don't ignore those Facebook invites people send you; stop and take a look at what's happening in your city. And do some of the inviting, too! Don't be afraid to spontaneously ask your co-worker to grab a drink with you after work. They call it "happy hour" for a reason! Keep reading...
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