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3 First Date Tips

First Date Tips for Valentine’s Day . . .

and any other time        

First dates can be rough any time let alone on a day like Valentine’s Day.  There are many different factors involved in what could be a notoriously nerve-racking night.  There’s choosing what to wear, the location, the conversation and so forth.  Believe it or not though, sometimes if you put a little effort into planning things you could transform a scary date to a smooth date.

Matthew Hussey, a relationship expert, agrees that there are a few basics regarding a first date that are essential to the evening.  Remember these things and it just might be a bit easier to focus on what truly matters—your date.

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First Date Ideas

Here are three essentials for any first date.  Make sure your first date is . . .

 . . . “time-flexible”

Plan a first date activity that has some flexibility.  Arrange a first date that can be a mere 20 minutes (if things go terribly wrong and you need an out) or 3 hours if you click, have a great time and want things to continue.

… “proximity-friendly”

Experts agree that you should choose an activity or event that allows for built in touches and physical tension.  Hussey says: “A dinner wouldn’t be my first choice, but if you find yourself at one, be sure to sit side-by-side, not across from each other.”

 . . . “externally focused”

Walking along the beach might sound stereotypical but the “surroundings” Hussey states “would take the pressure off, allowing you to look around and see what’s going on.”  Additionally, a moonlight stroll along the beach gives you and your date “more to talk about” thus making any “silence in conversation more relaxed.”

There you have it, guys and dolls, 3 First Date Tips from a relationship expert.  Good Luck!

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.