How to Meet that Special Someone


 How to Meet that Special Someone

Some people are quick to find love and live happily ever after, while others search for the one that got away. If you're lonely and eager to meet someone special, read on!

We get it: the last thing you want is for your dating life to feel like a grind. Work hard all day and then go home only to swipe endlessly through an endless stream of profiles? Feels a little bit like "Groundhogs Day," am I right?

That's why we've put together these 20 tips on how to meet that special someone-whether it's out in the real world or online.

1. Reconnect with old friends.

You may have lost touch with "Aunt Velma," but now is the time to renew your friendship with her via social media, and maybe even meet her for coffee or a drink. Even if she's not The One, you never know who she may know (or where else she may lead you!). If you're not feeling up to reconnecting with your old pals, consider taking a class through Not only will this give you something interesting to do on a Saturday night, but it'll also introduce you to some new people!

2. Attend an event in your area that attracts like-minded people.

Whether it's the next ArtWalk or an at-home photography get-together, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people. If you're not into that kind of thing, try joining your local tennis league or yoga class. One of the great things about both of these sports is that they attract a wide variety of people from all walks of life, so you can meet someone based on your shared passions or common interests (or both!).

3. Sign up for online dating sites.

Yes, online dating can seem like a chore, but hey-it works! We've heard countless success stories about how people met their future spouse on eHarmony while they were "just doing research." If you're not convinced, check out the article below.

4. Sign up for a dating site just for singles over 50.

Online dating can feel overwhelming-but there's no need to be overwhelmed when you have so many great options! If you're over 50 and thinking about signing up for sites like eHarmony or, try instead! This site offers more opportunities to connect with people based on common interests and shared experiences than the other two combined.

5. Arrange a double date.

While they may not offer you the promise of a lasting relationship, double dates are a great way to get to know new people and change up your dating routine! As the saying goes, if you love someone set them free…but make sure you don't forget your camera!

6. Go out with friends that have kids and expect their spouses to join.

If you're looking for a date, but not necessarily a romantic relationship, consider going out with your friends' grown-up children. When their parents aren't around, kids tend to be much more open with their affection for each other and are often more adventurous in their nature.

7. Taste the local food scene.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, dining out is one of America's favorite pastimes and a great way to get out there and socialize.

8. Go to a neighborhood event in your city that attracts people from all walks of life.

A block party, street fair, jazz festival, or your city's monthly arts walk are all great ways to meet new people who share your interests and who may be looking for someone like you! When you attend an event with friends, make sure to check the event website or Facebook page ahead of time for any age restrictions. While these events may be great opportunities to meet someone special, they're not necessarily the best places for kids.

9. Take an online class.

Take a minute to browse the offerings of your local community college or a nearby university. You never know when you'll stumble across an amazing class that can introduce you to new talents and fun hobbies, two of the key ingredients for a successful relationship!

10. Join a local gym or exercise class and meet people like yourself.

If you enjoy working out, consider joining a gym or taking a class. If you're not sure what it's all about, consider starting out with the free trial at the local YMCA or joining a group fitness class. There are lots of people who love to exercise and meet new friends at the same time!

11. Go on an adventure.

Get out there! You could spend this weekend hiking with your friends, camping in your state park, traveling to a nearby city for the sole purpose of sightseeing…or even taking a road trip into the unknown! If you're not sure where to start but want to meet single people on that adventure, consider joining and searching for groups in your area.

12. Take a class that will help you figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life.

If you don't even know what it is you want, how can you expect anyone else to know? Find a class that will give you an idea of what kind of job is right for you (or help you decide what kind of hobby would get those creative juices flowing). It might just be the thing that brings the right person into your life!

13. Join a co-ed sports league or club.

Whether you're playing a sport that involves working out together or you're a more casual fan of sports, joining a co-ed sports team or recreation league is a great way to meet new people and build some chemistry. Just make sure not to exclude the single adults from attending.

14. Go to an event that attracts a more mature crowd (or just call it quits once you meet your future spouse).


We all want to know what it's like to date in our 50s. There are plenty of ways that you can develop strong relationships with new people in your life, whether you're single or are looking for a partner. Gain some confidence and try something new!

Love, Success, & Happiness,

Hannah & Jim

Photo Credit: Joel Schalit via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

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