Fifty plus and single?

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and there will no doubt be romantic dinners and proposals galore come 14 February. But love isn't just for the young and the married.

Dating for the over-50s

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For anyone looking to find love for a second time, the idea of getting back into the dating game can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to be. If you are 50 plus and hoping to share your good times, here are our top tips for flirting success.

Age is no barrier
Whether you're divorced, widowed or simply single, it's important to remember that your age is not a hindrance. In fact, with age comes wisdom, and your rich life experience is a major plus when it comes to finding a like mind. Long gone are the days of awkwardly searching for a way to talk to the object of your affection. As a mature person, the chances are you have both listening and conversational skills that make the dating process a whole lot easier. Use your experience to your advantage.

Getting out and about
Let's face it, you'll never find love again if you don't meet people. Now is the time to get out and about and widen your social circle. Try out a new hobby or join a club to find someone with similar interests. Taking up an enjoyable pastime could give you a new lease of life, and you never know who you might meet. And if that's not your style, remember that even the queue at the supermarket or coffee shop can provide an opportunity to start up a conversation.

Less is more
When it comes to flirting, less is most definitely more. Enjoy a more subtle style of flirtation, employing the well-known techniques of mirroring the other's body language, smiling and paying sincere compliments. Another handy hint can come from their language. Those who regularly say 'I see' often respond more readily to visual cues, while those who use the term 'I feel' may be more attentive to touch, giving you the heads-up on how to show them you're interested.

Remember your manners
A little good ol' traditional etiquette can go a long way when it comes to mature dating, and little gestures such as offering her a coat if it's cold outside, or linking your arm in his, will almost certainly put a smile on your date's face.

Keep it casual
As a mature person, you no longer have to worry about settling down and starting a family. Been there, done that, right? That's good news when it comes to dating, because it means you can simply enjoy yourself. An evening of good conversation, subtle flirting and fun will also give you a confidence boost if you're rediscovering the dating game.

Go online
If you are nervous about meeting new people or struggle in social situations, online dating could be the best route to take. These days there are not only a host of Internet dating sites, but more and more are aimed at mature singles., and are just a few of the many sites designed for those looking for love, so why not give it a go?

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