How to start dating again
Since most of us can't see ourselves objectively, it's a great idea to have a close friend take a good look at you and offer some advice. "I'm ready to have a good time." Most people in our age group are looking for someone with energy, optimism and warmth.
If you are feeling unhappy, you won't be able to provide any of these.
That's the individual who's still carrying the unpleasant events and feelings of their past relationships into the present.
Bitterness in any form — even if justified — will send most new people running as fast as they can in the opposite direction. "I don't want to divulge everything about myself right away." People who reveal everything on a first, second or third date risk overburdening the fledgling relationship with too much information.
You need give and take, and being the life of the party isn't required. "I'm in good shape, and I look my best." If you've been out of the dating circuit for a very long time, it's possible that you've gotten a bit too relaxed about how you present yourself.
But you'll be pleased to know that things have gotten a lot easier since you were going to high school dances and college bars.See also: Find love in the new year with AARP Dating.