The rules for dating

To become a truly successful single in the new millennium, you owe it to yourself to become a red flag specialist.

That means paying attention to red flags as they are presented to you on dates.

Make yourself available to who you might meet and where the evening could take you."The more you're open to letting guys show you all the different sides of themselves, the more likely you'll surprise yourself and fall in love with one of them," Massa explains. Finally, you and The Prospective Boyfriend are doing something romantic that could lead to something serious.

Remember that he's already your friend, so there's a whole lot that he likes about you, Massa says. That means no crazy makeup or boob shirts when he's used to seeing you casual.

To get the most out of your dating life, it’s important to understand that actions speak louder than words.

When someone’s actions are contrary to their words, this is not only a red flag, it’s gut-check time.

A positive example would be if you were on a date with someone and they seemed nervous but well intentioned, your gut might tell you to give them a second chance.

Rule #5: Know When to Say “Game Over” Just as you should not play dating games, you will want to avoid getting played.

Like it or not, there are plenty of players on the dating scene.

When you hear a song you think a guy would like, send it to him on Spotify. Next time you're buying concert tickets for a band you love, buy two—and don't immediately decide who gets to be your plus-one. The key is getting the guy out of a familiar context. That's what happened to one guy Massa interviewed who met his now-fiancé on a volleyball team.

For once, don't jam your calendar with plans a season in advance. Only when they finally went out to dinner together did they both realize their connection.

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