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Our Better Half: What We Look For In Those We Date

By HealthLife Contributor
Updated: December 10, 2008
Sense of Humor

A sense of humor is directly related to comfort. Someone who knows how to laugh is not only comfortable with him or her self, but probably with us as well. A sense of humor can turn even the most boring or mundane evening into a memorable date. People who know how to laugh and make others laugh are often relaxed, and tend to pass this relaxed feeling on to the person they are dating. Laughing together is usually a sign that two individuals share a common belief, point of view, or connection that no one else possesses. In fact, there is nothing more intimate in a relationship than a couple that is able to share a joke or a laugh with no one but each other.

Common Interests

Common interests are what drive us to consider asking a person out on a date. If we feel that a person looks at the world in a way that is similar to the way we look at it, the chances are great that we will consider asking that person out. Consequently, being out on a date and finding that there exist no common interests is an easy way to guarantee there will be no second date. Common interests make for extended conversations, as both individuals have something to add to the conversation. Common interests also make it easy to find places to go for food or drinks.
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Another important factor that individuals look for in a person they are dating or plan on dating is honesty. Many people find it difficult to be honest with another person, especially during the early stages of dating. Most of the time, the dishonesty isn't meant to hurt the other individual, but to protect the person who is being dishonest. For the most part, the dishonesty that takes place early on in a relationship centers on small things, usually embellishments designed to impress the other person. However, it is important to note that the small little lies can quickly grow out of control if they continue on for too long. Too many relationships have been strained or destroyed by little white lies that eventually grew into great and unforgivable deceptions. The best way to avoid any problems later on is to be honest from the very start.
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