4 Reasons Why Right Now Is The Best Time To Meet Someone New
After the debaucherous fun and festivities of Christmas and New Years have ended, most of us enter a limbo period of hibernation until spring. Our friends are lucky if they can convince us to come to the pub, let alone some gig or street food festival, even with the promise of meeting someone to do our hibernating with. But once the sun finally comes out, so do our endorphins, making us happier in general – and more open to the possibility of a relationship.
“No question, the newness of spring provides an ideal context for beginning a relationship. The changing weather and sunshine energise us – especially those of us who live in cold cities where we’ve had to hibernate all winter,” says psychologist Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell. “We’ve survived winter and now it’s time to have fun!”
Need more convincing on why spring is the best time to go out meet someone new? Here are some convincing, spring-themed arguments that may just tempt you to finally make it past the tube station at the weekend:
You’re more confident.
You may have heard of the study from a few years back, dubbed ‘the Lynx effect’, where a group of men who were chosen to wear the fragrance rated themselves as more confident than a group of men who were chosen to wear a placebo fragrance did, and women found the former group more attractive.
Well, this is one of many studies which has found that above other qualities – looks, financial success, mutual hobbies – confidence is the biggest factor in perceived attraction. Dr. Abrell says the sun in springtime can add a little more strength in your step, and possibly open new avenues of finding and growing love.
You’re following biology.
It’s not just a fun correlation, but actual science, according to dating expert and matchmaker Sarah Patt. “If you’re feeling a spring fling, biology might have something to do with it,” she says. “Spring is the time of year when animals get back to the work of producing the next generation. It’s the result of biological impulses that have been followed for thousands of years.” So, your body may be simply following its biological instinct.
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You may want a new start.
It’s easy to be tempted to go back to your ex when it’s freezing outside and she’s only two Jacks and one drunk text away. But when the cold weather clouds part and you pull out shorts instead of layers of outerwear, you may feel the need to let go of the past – and start something new. “There’s something reinvigorating about the first days of spring. As the flowers start to bloom, there’s an urge to shed off the old and start something new,” Patt notes. “Spring is the perfect time for cleansing your life of bad dating habits and starting fresh again.”
You want a partner.
As much as fun as it is going stag to weddings (cue the eye roll) and grabbing outdoor drinks with the guys, warmer weather lends itself to activities that are, frankly, more fun as a couple. If you want to ride bikes in the park, go for a weekend hiking trip or head to the beach to relax for the day, what better way to pass time in the sun than with a partner in crime? Springtime lends itself to more than just nature blooming… but love, too.