Being back on the dating scene can boost your confidence and self esteem and generally be a positive thing in your life during a difficult time.
Going on dates can be fun and keep you from thinking of the more depressing aspects of divorce.
Rules about when or whether to hit the sack with a new partner can be confusing.
Photo: i Stockphoto This may be an effect of too many romance movies; we all can easily fall under the spell of the idea of love- or lust-at-first-sight, a notion that is as old as Romeo and Juliet.It's easy to think that if you don't feel the tingle at the outset—or at the very least, the first kiss—there's no way you're going to make it over the long haul.But that sort of thinking might cause you to overlook the quiet-but-intriguing guy whose company you enjoy even though you don't feel a spark just yet.Not to mention that you may not want to be beholden to him either.A better rule: Forget the "always" or "never" rules about paying, says Dr. "Who pays will depend on your generation or who did the asking out," or just your impulse at the time the check comes. Better yet, be upfront when you go out: "This one's on me" always sounds good.