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Erika Ettin: Your dating cheat sheet: 25 tips you can use TODAY!

Erika Ettin, Tribune News Service on

Published in Dating Advice

Dating can be hard. There's no disputing that. But, it doesn't have to be as hard as you make it. Let's look at these 25 dating tips to make the world a better place. Some are intuitive, and some may make you scratch your head. Regardless, even if you pick up a few new pointers, it'll be worth it:

1. Focus on today, not tomorrow.

So many people are more focused on what else is out there rather than what's right in front of them. Enjoy the dates you have before you worry about who else is in the queue.

2. Show up for your dates.

The number of clients who either are stood up or who have been canceled on within an hour of the date is astonishing. Be an adult. Keep your plans.

3. Be present, even if it's not a match.


Sometimes you walk into the bar and just know it's not a match, and then you turn off, like a light switch. You might be thinking of your grocery list, your date tomorrow night, or your puppy at home. As tough as it is, try to remain present for the remainder of the date. You'll never know what you might get out of it -- a friend, a colleague, a new fun fact -- if you're ignoring the other person.

4. Thank your date.

Maybe you paid. Maybe your date paid. Either way, thank the other person for his or her generosity and time. Men's biggest pet peeve when they treat on a date is when someone doesn't appreciate what they've done. A sincere "thank you" goes a long way.

5. Be kind to people.


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