Be sure to read the
advice and information on the Singles
Lifestyle that we have assembled below... also check out the various Dating Profiles
at the Online Personals Services... and take a look at
our list of Local Singles Events to see if something's going on near
you. Or perhaps you'll meet the love of your life on a Singles Cruise or
|Online Dating Services of interest:
eHarmony - You've seen their ads on TV and
heard them on radio. Take their Personality Profile and get instant,
objective feedback on yourself and how you relate to others.
Friendfinder - With over
1,000,000 registered users, this site always has thousands of personal
listings - plus chat rooms, articles and advice for Singles.
- A diverse,
global community of quality single adults who share common goals -
intelligent individuals who want to find great dates, make new friends,
form romantic relationships or meet life partners.
BBPeopleMeet.com - This
community is the perfect match for single, big and beautiful women
(BBW), their admirers' and plus sized men. Enjoy a comfortable and
accepting environment to seek out other big, beautiful singles for
love, relationships, friendship and dates.
BlackPeopleMeet.com - This site
is specifically designed to help African American singles navigate the
difficult world of dating. Start conversations with interested singles,
and connect beyond the internet with potential matches.
Big Church - They have a community of thousands Christian
members worldwide. Christian Singles can come together for dating,
courtship, fellowship, and marriage.
Jewish FriendFinder - You can meet singles within
the Jewish faith. Search over 90,000 Members worldwide. Anonymous
email, chat, and Instant Message.
A large and active community where you can meet single parents for
friendship and dating. Single parents are online now.
Here are some sites for Mature Singles:
- They honor the freedom,
wisdom and appreciation for life that only comes with time. What people
want in their 50s, 60s and beyond is often very different from what
they wanted in their 30s and 40s, let alone their 20s. This online
dating community focuses on the specific interests and desires of
people like you.
Friendfinder - Meet
Active, Single Seniors for Friendship and More. The most popular place
for people over 40 looking for romance, dating and friendship.
Meet Senior Singles at eHarmony - It can be difficult to meet other single seniors with whom you share
common interests, goals, and backgrounds within your geographical area.
No matter what type of individual you are looking for, chances are you
will find that type of person on eHarmony.
And here's a Dating Site for
shall we say, the more adventurous...
Friendfinder - With
over twenty million active members, this is the world's largest adult
site. Definitely for the more adventurous.
Living Single And Loving It
by Maureen Staiano
Each day we are bombarded
by ads and tips for navigating the world of online dating. If we didn't know
better we might believe that in order to be complete in our life we have to have
a mate. Well if that were true, what about all the folks out there living single
and apparently loving it?
In 1970 only 7.8% of Americans aged 30-34 had never
married. By 2003 that number had risen to 27.9%. The reasons are many, the rise
in the divorce rate, the feminist movement and the intolerance by many singles
to be married just for the sake of having a partner. Add to that the fact that
as people live longer there is a greater chance they will be living that way as
a widow or widower.
The plus side is that it is easier than ever to be living
single. Though it once may have been the norm to have a two parent household
with the rise in the divorce rate many parents are doing the job alone or
sharing it with their ex-spouse. Having a child as single woman or adopting as a
single parent have found an acceptance today that they might not have enjoyed
twenty or so years ago.
Despite what you may have been led to believe single
people are living full and happy lives and are not necessarily looking to change
their single status. That is not to say they shun relationships, but instead
they feel free to not settle for anything less than Mr. or Ms. Right. If the
perfect person comes along it is a blessing but if it never happens they
certainly don't feel as though they have been cursed.
Single woman today do not depend on a partner for
financial security. She has her own investments, buys her own home and has a
family if she should desire. In fact single women are the second largest group
of home buyers nationally. Clearly a man does not define who she is for she is
perfectly capable of defining herself. As for the single men out there, a woman
does not equal a complete life. They are able to create that for themselves.
Many singles feel that marriage is a full time job and for
now they have other goals they want to achieve. They have career and education
goals that take priority and if a relationship does not interfere with these
goals that is fine, but evidently a relationship may be a little lower on the
list of priorities.
Let's not discount the population of single adults left in
the wake of rising divorce rates. Living single has allowed the opportunity to
reconnect with them self, after being in an unsuccessful relationship. Living
single can help to define what the appealing parts of a relationship are and
what they would not tolerate again.
Whereas it is true that for some people singleness is
thrust upon them through the death of a spouse or a partner, for a growing
number of others it is a conscious choice. Though many admit it was not their
first choice they have come to accept life on life's terms and pursue nothing
less than a full and happy life.
Researchers may have found that married people are happier
than single people and even live longer. Many traditionalists may feel that
singles are making a mistake by shunning the accepted view of how men and women
should conduct their lives, meaning together, for the benefit of society.
Despite these beliefs it appears that the marriage rate is slowing down and
today's singles are finding that the traditional married role will not
necessarily guarantee happiness.
Living single today includes carving out a life that is
uniquely your own. By the looks of it, whether they remain single in the short
term or for the long haul, single men and women are finding ways to love it.
About the Author: Maureen Staiano is a Life Coach specializing in working
with women and the unique and challenging transitions we face in our lives.
5 Tips For Successful Solo Living
By Joanne Mallon
1. Living alone doesn’t have to mean living
lonely. Building a community of people who care about you will help you
stop feeling lonely or disconnected. Take time to see friends, join
clubs or do volunteer work. Having a partner isn’t the only way to get
your emotional needs met – your quality of life will improve when you
start to include others in it.
2. Live in the present, not the past. Make sure
your surroundings reflect who you are now and who you want to be in the
future. If you’ve recently split up with a partner your home may
reflect what you created together. What do you want your home to say
about you now? Take the opportunity for a spring cleaning and create a
home that uplifts and supports you.
3. Be the hostess with the mostest. Don’t assume
that your friends with partners or families are going to be too busy to
hang out with you. They may well relish the comparative calmness that
solo living brings. Invite friends round or make regular dates to have
4. Treat yourself – you’re worth it. You don’t
need a partner to give yourself gifts, time or attention – you can do
all of this yourself. Bringing a little luxury into your life will
support your confidence and self –esteem.
5. Enjoy your single status and the opportunities it brings. Now’s the time
to do all the things you meant to do but were too busy to because you were in a
relationship. Take time to plan how you’d like your life to be in 5, 10, even 20
years time. What have you always wanted to do but held back on because your
partner wasn’t interested or wouldn’t approve? The rest of your life starts now
so make it happen.
About the Author: Joanne Mallon is a life and
career coach. She specializes in helping people fulfill their
potential, especially media and creative workers. For more information
and a free motivation newsletter, visit
Enjoying the Singles
by Ron Steiner
So many couples think that it
wouldn't be fun to be single and that everyone should be trying to get married
off. While marriage is in many singles future plans, you can enjoy being single
while you are!
The focus shouldn't just be on finding someone to settle
down with, instead everyone that is single should take the time to really enjoy
their independence, as well as the opportunities to meet and really get to know
people from all walks of life. The singles scene can encompass everything you
want it to, from late nights out with friends, sexual exploration, trips abroad,
and even the ability to dabble in selfishness.
The singles scene can be a lot of fun if you are willing
to embrace it and really enjoy it for what it is. When you are single you can
decide on your own what clubs you want to frequent, how you define your
relationships, and what you will eat for dinner. If you want to be spontaneous
you can, and no one will be inconvenienced by it. You can date someone new every
night, or you can casually date just one or two people. These are all positive
aspects of being single.
Many singles overlook the positive side of being single,
but that is because they are too wrapped up in wanting to be coupled up. When
you let go and stop looking for someone that is when you will really start to
enjoy life. You can find great singles groups to enjoy activities with, you can
go to movies with friends, and enjoy candle lit dinners by yourself or with dear
friends. When you stop thinking about being single and start enjoying life is
when you become the most attractive and love will find you, if it is meant to
When you are single you can enjoy online dating websites
where you can post all of your information without obsessing over the fact that
you are in fact single! When you approach the single life with excitement other
people will find you fascinating and you will inspire others to do the same.
When you are single you have all the time in the world to
meet people, do new things, and simply enjoy life the way you want it with no
compromises. The single scene is a lot of fun, so enjoy it now, before love
finds you and changes everything!
Dating After Forty
by: Ron Zvagelsky
Today, people are living
longer than ever before. Couple that with the high divorce rates, and you have a
new generation of baby boomers who are finding themselves single and entering
the dating scene all over again.
Many people are discovering that dating after forty isn’t all that bad, in fact,
it has many benefits. For example, many women who are reentering the dating
field find that after forty, they have a level of self-confidence that they
never dreamt of having while in their twenties. And it isn’t just women who are
enjoying the new level of self-assuredness. Men are finding that dating after
forty has many perks, and they aren’t just the usual ones associated with
More men are dating women their age and are seeking meaningful relationships and
not just a spring fling with a woman decades younger. One of the greatest
advantages that many older singles are experiencing today involves using the
Internet to find suitable dates. There are a number of different websites that
allow users to meet people, chat, find friends, and hopefully make those special
connections that can turn into a serious relationship. Those who are finding
themselves in the dating scene after being in a relationship for a long period
of time are finding it much easier to meet people and begin dating again through
the use of dating sites.
After forty, people are finding that not only do they have more self confidence,
but they are more financially secure, their younger children are grown, they
have a good handle on who they are, and what they are looking for in a
companion. This makes finding a suitable date a much simpler task then when they
were younger. Additionally, people who begin dating after forty often find that
they both contribute more to the relationship then when they did in previous
years. They have further developed their communication skills, are better
listeners, and know how to be a better partner.
Whether you are looking for friendly companionship or a serious commitment,
meeting other singles after forty isn’t very difficult. You can use the help of
Internet dating sites, browse personal ads, or meet people by engaging in
various hobbies and activities. Finding companions that have similar interests
is a great way to ensure that you and your partner will have enjoyable
excursions on your dates. Whether it is bowling, golfing, attending museums
together, or participating in sporting activities sharing common interests is a
great way to build a relationship.
If you feel uncomfortable about entering the dating scene, the first word of
advice is to relax. You may be surprised to learn that the majority of singles
right now are in the over forty-age bracket. The first rule of thumb is to
recognize that you should have fun. You may be tempted to feel self-conscious
about your self, your body image, or have doubts, fears, and anxieties about
dating again, but you needn’t feel this way. After forty, you deserve to feel at
peace with your body, mind, and spirit. Whether you went through a divorce or
have lost a spouse through death, it isn’t over. In fact, a new chapter of your
life is just beginning. Though it may be painful to make the transition, you can
enjoy the rest of your life, and have someone to share it with. By trusting who
you are, you can embrace this new journey with open arms.
About the Author: Ron Zvagelsky has a degree in Business
Administration from the University of Southern California. He suggests you use
PlanJam.com to find additional dating and
relationship advice along with things to do.
How To Avoid Paying Singles Supplements
by: Mark Hammond
Single supplements are
a premium charge that you pay when you occupy a room by yourself
when traveling. The price of many travel tours is based on "double
occupancy." If you prefer to room by yourself, you usually pay
double the price. There are ways to avoid paying single supplements.
You may be able to avoid paying single supplements if you ask the
right questions when you book your travel. Ask if single supplements
are charged year-round. Sometimes you can get a break during the off
Ask if there are other options where you wouldn’t be charged a
single supplement. Sometimes you can avoid a single supplement by
being flexible with your plans. Maybe you can stay an extra day or
two at one place, or use a different cruise ship.
If you book your travel at the last minute, ask to have the single
supplement removed. Sometimes vendors would rather fill a tour than
charge the extra fee.
Do your best to negotiate a lower fee if you can’t eliminate it. It
never hurts to ask.
Book your travel with hotels that don’t charge a single supplement.
Most UK hotels charge the same room rate whether one or two people
Booking with a singles tour may also eliminate single supplements.
The tour vendor will usually book a block of rooms, and may be able
to negotiate a lower fee based on the number of rooms paid for.
Sharing the Cost
If you can’t eliminate a single supplement, maybe you can find a way
to share the cost.
Consider taking a friend. That’s your best option for making
reasonably sure you have a compatible travel companion to share
accommodations with. Traveling with a friend is usually fun, and you
get to know each other better. It is important to make sure your
friend is someone you can room with and spend a lot of time with.
Use a matching service. Matching services help you find a travel
companion to share expenses with. They use the same kind of
compatibility surveys that dating services do. There is always some
risk in traveling with someone you don’t know, and compatibility
surveys don’t identify every possible area of conflict, but these
services usually do work pretty well.
Advertise for a travel companion. You can place an ad in a local
newspaper, on an electronic bulletin board, or in some other venue.
Try to place your ad in a medium that will be read by people you
want to travel with. This is probably the riskiest way to find a
travel companion. If you choose this method to find a traveling
companion, you may want to consider asking them for references and a
If you prefer to travel alone—and especially to have your own
room—it may be worth it for you to pay a single supplement. If you
want to save the money, however, you can either try to eliminate the
charge or find someone to share it with.
About the Author: Article written by Mark Hammond of National
by Lee Dobbins
Dating can be stressful and nerve wracking. You might feel
like you are under a microscope and all your failures and faults are exposed in the open.
But you can make things easier on yourself by boosting your confidence. You'll be much
more attractive to any date when you exude self confidence plus you'll be able to enjoy
yourself more and get much more out of the dating experience.
Since the whole point of dating is getting to know someone
better, most people are nervous about making a good impression. Self doubts can creep in -
are you smart enough? Attractive enough? Successful enough? That coupled with the threat
of rejection is enough to make anyone's confidence go south.
So how can you increase your confidence for your next date?
First off, don't blow the date all out of proportion. It is
just a date - one afternoon or evening. The rest of your life does not depend on it,
although of course, you could be meeting your future spouse! Whether you are just looking
for a fun night out or desperately trying to find Mr or Mrs right, it is best to just
focus on the date itself. Take it for what it is and don't put a lot of pressure on the
event. Enjoy the person you are on the date with and the meal, movie or whatever - don't
have any great expectations other than a fun date.
Go into the date thinking of yourself as a person that has
a lot of confidence. We've all seen them, the person that sweeps into the room and turns
heads even when they might not be the most attractive or best dressed. If you picture
yourself as confident then you will act this way - even when you don't really feel it.
You've heard it before but the best way to have
confidence on a date is to be yourself. Don't try to impress your date by
acting like someone you are not because you will not have the confidence to
pull it off. If you hit it off with your date, you'll be glad you weren't
pretending to be someone else as it will only be exposed later and could
really muss things up for you. Plus it just takes too much effort to
pretend to be someone else and you won't be able to enjoy yourself as much. And anyway,
why wouldn't your date like you for who you are?
If you feel insecure about yourself, focus on the other
person. Become interested in their hobbies, likes dislikes and really think about what
they have to say. When you put them in the spotlight it takes the spotlight off of you,
plus you get to learn a lot about them. Ask questions and really hear the answers then ask
more questions about the answers. Of course, you want to do this in a conversational way
and not make your date feel like you are grilling them! While you don't want to talk just
about yourself the whole time you also don't want to make it seem like you are avoiding
answering their questions. When you do talk about yourself highlight your positive points.
Another way to take some of the pressure out of a date is
to do something different instead of sitting at dinner and feeling insecure about coming
up with 3 hours of conversation with someone you don't know. Find a common interest,
perhaps hiking or bird watching and make that date to do that. This way you can talk about
your experiences related to t his interest and it will take a lot of the pressure off as
well as boost your self confidence as you will be talking about something you know a lot
The main thing when dating is to remember that you are a
valuable and special person. Don't feel inferior to anyone and be confident - this will
help win you many friends and, maybe even that special someone!
About The Author: Lee Dobbins writes for
where you can learn more about self help and self improvement.
Dating After Divorce
by Jenny Natrix
Divorce: Jumping Into The Social Pool
A divorce is an emotionally devastating time
for many. The end of a relationship can leave a person with low
self-esteem and just thinking about dating after divorce can make
even the strongest among us, nervous and unsure. Dating after
divorce is difficult, it may take some time to find ways that can
bring you back into the dating world.
Preparing For Dating After Divorce
For many who are single once again, it may
appear that the dating pool has dwindled, that there are fewer
single people than when they were initially dating. The statistics
show that there are more single people now than there was in the
past. Older singles have a tendency to not go on as many dates as
their younger counterparts, but there are many single people
It can feel very awkward to begin dating after
divorce. The whole idea of trying to meet new people when many have
just ended a long-term relationship can feel overwhelming. It is
important to surround yourself with people that can help build your
confidence, and that can remind you of the assets that you possess.
Feeling good about yourself is truly one of the best things that you
can do to help with dating after divorce.
Also, it may be a good idea to take some time
and find out what it is you want in your life at this point. Maybe
you've always wanted to learn how to ski or scuba dive, this may be
a time to learn about those things and incorporate them into your
life. Evaluating who you are now and where you are going is another
tool in preparing yourself for dating after divorce.
Find Places To Meet Others
Most people are not going to be meeting anyone
by staying home. Find activities that you enjoy and get involved.
There are many clubs that cater to singles, and these can be a great
way to begin the journey to dating after divorce. These groups don't
need to be thought of as a dating service, but just a way to connect
with other singles. If you don't meet your next mate, you may
possibly gain new friendships that can add a great deal to your
By joining groups and meeting other people,
many feel their confidence build and can approach dating in a more
positive manner. Dating after divorce is a big step in continuing on
with your life. Take the time to learn what are your own interests
and ways to meet people through those interests.
The Evolution of Being Single
by Rod Cortez
single women has become a daunting task for millions of single men.
Some men were married for many years, then divorced, and lost their
confidence with their dating skills. There are many reasons why this
is, but generally its because it is outside the man's comfort zone.
However, lets dig a little deeper. Some men are looking to meet
other singles for the wrong reasons.
Too often I've heard men tell me that they
felt "lonely", "empty", or "like I'm a loser if I don't have a
These are certainly not healthy reasons to
want to meet a woman, date her, and then hopefully take it to the
next level. Why? Because they they'll behave in needy ways that will
cause her to lose attraction. Even worse, they may end up dating the
wrong kind of woman thinking "this is the best I can do." I've met
so many men who were in very unhappy marriages simply because they
settled. Many of them told me that "it was the right thing to do" or
"I was in my mid-30s, so it was about time I got married."
These are not good reasons to go out and find
a single woman. If you are coming from a place of neediness or
desperation or wanting to fill some kind of empty void inside your
soul, then you're not ready to start looking for anything serious.
So what's the solution? Well, there is no real blueprint to follow
on what to do because all men learn things in different ways. As men
we do not evolve and change and grow at the same rate.
I will use myself as an example because many
years ago I fell into this trap. During my early college years I was
desperate to find a girlfriend. I met many single women on campus at
the University I attended, but because I was incredibly shy I didn't
know how to seal the deal. It was frustrating because all my male
friends had girlfriends. I was the only one who did not have one.
Then one day it occurred to me that I wanted to have a girlfriend
for all the wrong reasons. I realized at that moment that you
attract what you are. At that point in my life my confidence and
self-esteem were at an all time low. I had to be honest with myself.
What girl would ever want me in my current emotional, mental, and
I realized that I needed and wanted to improve
myself on every level that I could. It wasn't so I could attract
another girl either. I did it for me. As cheezy as it sounds that
was the first day I truly learned to like myself. Almost on auto
pilot I gradually became more social. I joined several clubs on
campus and attended their social events such as dances, barbecues,
beach clean ups, bike rides, etc. I enrolled in a dance class and
then the following two semesters I took a martial art called Aikido
which taught me how to relax and live in the moment (which is a very
important element in happiness). I began exercising 3 to 5 times a
week. I made sure that exercise was fun by playing basketball,
tennis, and joining fitness groups that also liked to workout. I
even went on a 100 mile bike ride with a large bike-riding group.
Sure, I did these things to meet people,
practice my social muscles, but I also did it to improve myself. I
didn't want a woman to "complete" me. I wanted to be complete when I
met her and that dating one another was simply an added bonus for
both of us. Before I knew it several months had passed and my
friends and family began to take notice. They said I was happier, in
better shape, and believe it or not, I had several women open me for
a change. We exchanged pleasantries but I never asked for their
phone number. I didn't need it. I wasn't at that place in my life
where I "had" to be with someone. I was having way too much fun with
my new and old friends, meeting new people, improving myself, and
taking on new adventures.
That's the evolution of being single.
If you watch television, the movies, or even
talk to people in your everyday life you'll notice if you're single
people ask you "are you married?" or "do you have a girlfriend?". I
see it a lot in the media. We've been conditioned to think and feel
that being single is not a good thing, when in reality the reverse
is true. If you can be happy and fulfilled being single and want to
meet other singles because it will add to your life then that's a
sure sign that you have evolved into a mature, healthy male; that's
the kind of man that attracts with women with very little effort.
About the Author: With more than 4,000 approaches and
hundreds of dates to his credit, Rod Cortez has helped thousands of
men in over 44 countries have more dating success.