5 Ways to Shake Up Your Social Life

Whether you're dipping your toes back in the dating pool after a break-up or looking to infuse your romantic calendar with a little more excitement, there are times when we all need to widen our social circles.

Here's how to fill up that little black book.

Vary Your Routine

You're probably not going to meet many new prospects by visiting the same places at the same times with the same people. Switch it up! Catch a cool new band in a different venue. Get to know acquaintances better on their turf. Say yes to the stuff you'd normally say no to.

Dump Your Wingman

While you might love the reassurance of bringing backup to the bar, most of us aren't comfortable approaching a stranger in front of a big gang of his or her friends. Who wants to be rejected in front of an audience? Plus, by limiting yourself to just one wingman (or woman) or by flying solo, you're likely to circulate and meet more folks.

Play Easier To Get

We've had it with folks advising daters to act as if they're interesting, busy and have a life (suggesting anyone who'd take that advice seriously isn't and doesn't). This waiting around for him or her to ask you out, or calculating the right amount of time to hold off calling after your first date, or turning down a perfectly good Saturday-night invitation just because it was issued on a Thursday night, was always nonsense. But with the popularity of ideas like He's Just Not that Into You, the bar is set higher for showing your interest. Even if you're genuinely "just really busy," all we hear "just really not interested," and it's going to take some effort to prove otherwise.

Look Online

There are 40 million U.S. users of online dating sites. Forty-eight percent of men and 53 percent of women have used their services. You're already using the web to snag cheap airline tickets, secure a prime table for dinner tonight, and order that cute first-date outfit, why not use it to pick up a hot date for the weekend?

Know When to Fold

Sometimes we foolishly hang onto a prospect just because we've invested so much time, money and energy that we feel we need to stick it out for a payoff. But there are no promises that you'll win when you gamble on love. Get out of a relationship as soon as you realize it's going nowhere.

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