Are you single and middle-aged? You may feel alone in more ways than one. Not only are you craving companionship, but it may also seem that your peers are all happily married—or cheerfully divorced. Dating after 40 may seem scary now, but it’s not as difficult as it seems.
The good news is that there are many people who feel the same way you do…and they’re all looking for love, too. But for the most part, they’re not hanging out in bars or the standing by the office watercooler. You might have to work a little harder to find Mr. or Ms. Right, but it’s worth the effort. We’ve rounded up the best advice on how to meet new people, navigate online dating, and live your best—and happiest—life.
22. Give Online Dating a Shot
Okay, let’s get this one out of the way first. Online dating sites and apps are useful tools to connect with people you might otherwise never meet, and you can tailor your search to find other singles who share your interests. However, remember that online dating isn’t quite the same as ordering from Amazon—there’s an element of risk in meeting a stranger, so be smart and cautious.
21. Join a Club or Take a Class
As you get older, it seems like your circle of acquaintances starts to shrink. If you’re dating after 40, you need to get out there and meet some new people. Joining a club is a great way to find folks who already have at least one thing in common with you. Meetup.com is a good place to start, but you should also check out your local library, arts center, and other community spaces.