10 Ways To Use Winter Weather To Benefit Your Dating Life

10 Ways To Use Winter Weather To Benefit Your Dating Life

Why risk frostbite for a fancy dinner when you can spend the night in?


Unless you're off on a vacation for the winter, we're all dealing with some blizzard-like conditions about now. It's Michigan, so who knows what tomorrow will bring?

You may be someone, like me, who'd rather curl up under a fuzzy blanket with a warm cup of cocoa or coffee than venture out into the cold unless absolutely necessary. Like most activities during the winter, your dating life may not be your top priority.

But it doesn't have to! Winter can be the best time to start looking for a special someone!

1. Cozy up and set some new goals

You may be thinking, I don't have time to sit down and make a list! But hey, the chances of being stuck inside all day thanks to the "polar vortex" are higher, so dedicate a bit of time to making that list!

Not everyone sets a new goal with the idea of finding someone to date. Meeting someone can just happen sometimes. And even if you don't meet someone, at least new goals and experiences will get you out of the winter rut most people fall into.

Make a goal of trying one or maybe two new activities each month, this winter.

2. Ask someone on a cuddle date

As I've stated before, most people just want to ball up under a warm blanket. Well guess what, you could use that! Curl up with that cutie you have your eye on and watch a movie or tv show.

After of course offering them a nice warm cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows!

3. Sign up for an online dating website.

Another way to stay inside while still looking for a nice guy or girl.

There are so many options! Which, yeah, might make it a bit hard to pick one. But many are usable without being SUPER expensive. Or hey, if you're really committed to find someone special, sign up for a month and see what happens.

Worst case, stick with Tinder. It's got a bad rep and not every guy or girl is who they say they are, but there are guys and girls who use it who are looking for a genuine relationship. Just gotta sift through all the weirdos to find them.

4. Offer to cook them a good hardy meal.

Why risk frostbite for a fancy dinner when you can spend the night in. Soups and stews are amazing during the winter, so offer to cook for that special someone you're interested in dating.

It's an excuse to stay in and chat the night away with them, and also shows off a talent. Or if you can't cook and dinner is a flop, order a pizza and tell the funny story for years to come.

5. There's less pressure to come up with an AMAZING date night

When neither of you wants to go out in the cold, the date ideas are narrowed down quite a bit. But there are plenty of good indoor date ideas as well!

Bake cookies! Play games! Binge watch one of your favorite shows! Watch a scary movie! Watch documentaries about warm places! Go to a book store (insert heart-eyed emoji here)! It can be so simple.

6. Winter tends to be the loneliest season.

Yeah, ever heard of seasonal depression, it's a real thing. So, break out of that winter rut!

Find someone, because I guarantee you there is someone else out there just as lonely, looking for someone special as well! Be the first to initiate a conversation. Or dare to be bold and ask them out. Someone has to be the first.

7. Consider venturing out of your comfort zone.

There are several out door things to do in the winter. So, yeah, it may suck to be out freezing your touche off, but some of the best memories can be made during the winter.

Snow ball fights. Sledding. Building an extremely odd looking snow man (mine tend to be square). Ice skating. The list goes on! And after wards, invite them over to warm up and have a nice conversation or do whatever floats your boat.

8. You have the opportunity to bond more.

It can be hard to find stuff in common with others because everyone is unique in their own way. We all have different jobs, interests, hobbies, friends, favorite shows/movies, etc.

One thing that basically everyone has in common is a mutual hatred of winter. There is an immediate conversation starter for those awkward first dates. You can joke about the weather and share scary or funny winter mishaps you or a person you know have experience.

9. Winter is the most romantic setting for  a meet-cute

If you meet someone in the fall or spring it would still be romantic and wonderful, because you found someone finally, after months or even years of searching.

However, there's something special about a love story that begins in the winter. It's such a cliche romantic setting having the snow falling outside the window and predictions of a huge storm playing in the background that'll make you think of just cuddling up with this special someone forever and ever.

10. Winter clothing flatters everyone

It's hard not to look like someone cuddly while wearing a cute (or ugly) sweater and fluffy scarf! So go get out your favorite cozy winter clothes, be confident, as you show off while still staying warm.

So yeah! Winter dating can be the best! I'd wait until the later months of winter, like January or February, because you don't want to end up being "locked in" as a "winter girlfriend/boyfriend" only to have your heart broken come spring or summer.

Happy dating!

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Today's society is scared of dating. They have come to a custom of talking for months. They will do everything a couple will do, but they're just talking. They hate labels and they hate commitment. Couples will literally be talking for an entire year, but will never use the term dating.

Many couples will talk instead of talking due to commitment. This might come from a negative experience of a past relationship. Many people have been cheated on and this effects the way they look at dating. Some have been through abusive relationships which then leads to being afraid of relationships. They let one drastic situation take on their opinions on dating.

People do not want to settle down. Some people don't want to be with just one person. They would like to be with several and that's not OK. Asking for someone to be faithful should not be that hard. The constant voice in the back of your head wondering if someone is cheating because you've already been cheated on once is not OK either. Being cheated on and not being able to settle for one person are both issues as to why dating is no longer a thing.

Getting out of an abusive relationship is pretty tough whether it was emotional, sexual, or abusive. They're all pretty hard and it will be hard to settle down and trust someone else. This is another reason why people will talk for a while before they date. They often want to get to know the person more, but at what point are you going to know each other too well?

Dating is scary no doubt. I personally was scared of dating again after an awful relationship, but I am so glad I got back into it. I talked to my now partner for a little over a month before we made things official. I got to know him, but here we are months later and I am still getting to know him. So stop the months upon months of talking and start dating!

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To The Boy I’ve Been Dating Since I Was 15, I Always Knew You Were My Forever

Thank you for showing me love when I thought I didn't deserve any.


Hey you,

People assumed our "fling" would only last a few short months. It's what everyone assumes when your first love happens during your sophomore year of high school. Yet here we stand, three and a half years later, more together than we've ever been. Although we've had our ups and downs, we still managed to keep our relationship going and to remember why we're together in the first place.

Many say loving isn't easy, but you make it a walk in the park.

You respect me in more ways than one, and you make me feel beautiful, inside and out. For a long time, I never noticed the beauty and strength I have within myself. I didn't see what others would point out to me, and at times I still find it hard to acknowledge my worth. However, you came into my life at a time when I felt I had no one, and you helped me to see all I have to offer. You helped me to open my mind to the thought of loving myself for who I am, and although the road is long and I'm not completely there, you've made me see how worthy of love I truly am.

Having you as my best friend, along with being my boyfriend, is the most rewarding feeling in the world.

I think the reason we rarely fight or stay angry with each other is that we truly are best friends. We could spend all of our time in deep conversation about any topic in the world and still feel engaged and ready to hear more from one another. Every single day I learn something new about you and vice versa. We can be ourselves in each other's presence and have fun doing absolutely nothing exciting. I am easily annoyed by a lot of things, but you are not one of them. Being with you for hours, even if we just watch TV the entire time, never gets repetitive or boring.

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Three and a half years with someone may seem extremely long, but I feel as though we've been together a lifetime. It's hard to remember a time when you weren't right there beside me, and I would never want to imagine a future without you in it. There are so many more laughs, adventures, and memories to be made with you, and I only hope that I can be at least half of the person you are.

Thank you for pulling me out of the darkness. Today, tomorrow, and always.

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