4 Dating Habits You Should Dump
By Laura Snyder
Weíve all heard that relationships take work. And thatís true enough. But dating and relating shouldnít be a constant struggle.
If you feel like your relationship is all work and no play, here are four hard-work dating habits you can dump.
Dump This Dating Habit: Sharing Every Hobby
Maybe when you first started dating, you lived and breathed in unison, but once youíre happily cemented as a couple, itís perfectly okay to do your own thing. Time apart is not time poorly spent. Enjoy your hobbies alone! You wonít be wasting your time doing something you donít enjoy and, better still, wonít feel resentful about it. And Ė bonus! --youíll have something interesting to say when you get back together, and will have had a chance to miss each other.
Dump This Dating Habit: Loving Each And Every Friend and Family
Itís unrealistic to think youíre going to adore all of them anyway. Itís perfectly okay to politely excuse yourself from yet another awkward family gathering or beg off attending a crazy college-roommate reunion. Your time will be better spent sucking up to the family and friends that really matter Ė and whom you genuinely like.
Dump This Dating Habit: Over-Analyzing
Itís good to pay attention to the big issues Ė trust, respect, a fulfilling sex life. But youíre in dangerous territory when you spend too many hours contemplating the meaning of the tone of his voice in his answering machine message, or whether the mention of her new work colleague is somehow significant. Donít sweat that small stuff unless itís part of a big-picture pattern.
Dump This Dating Habit: Fixating on the Future
Women, in particular, love to take the temperature of the relationship. But itís exhausting to always be focused on the future. Instead of worrying over ďwhere this relationship is going,Ē why not just enjoy where itís at now?
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