5 rules of dating after 40

If you are actively meeting and dating women, or looking to find someone special, you must get your dating practices down pat.

And this starts with knowing how to go on first dates.

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If it's been so long since you've been in the game that you still think Netflix and chill means watching Netflix and well, chilling, it's fair to fear the world of swiping right and left and up and down.Follow their steps, and your next first date will go great! Posturing some “better” version of whom you’d like to present is misleading to your date and sets the wrong tone for future interactions.Growing up, we weren’t taught who men really are and what makes them tick.Or maybe a partner’s allergies compelled you to live without pets and now you’re ready to romp with a fellow dog lover. Factors that loomed large in the past—good looks, financial success, whatever—may pale in the present as you acknowledge the importance of a partner who is kind and supportive, or one who is funny and entertaining. If you’ve become a bit, er, casual in the weight, wardrobe or grooming departments, now’s the time to ratchet up your game. So actively encourage them to think of you as a single, eligible person.In short, grant yourself the freedom to gravitate to a whole new kind of person. Visit a salon or barbershop and ask how you could best update your hairstyle. Everyone’s circle of close friends is necessarily limited, however, so mention your quest even to those you don’t know well.