Summer Socializing: Strategies for Singles

With summer upon us, this is a great time of year for singles to seize the opportunity to partake in warm weather socializing ventures. And -- there are many!

If you'd like to be the host of your own social, you might consider throwing a "new blood" BBQ or picnic. It's not about Dracula or vampires. What you do is plan an outdoor barbecue party or picnic with friends, and you each bring a member of the opposite sex whom you are not dating. It's essentially a social networking party, but gives everyone a chance to meet new people in an easy, comfortable way. Don't forget to bring the burgers and all the fixings.

This is also the perfect time to pursue volunteer work involving the great outdoors. And there is no better way to meet a "mensch," a decent, responsible person with a big heart, than through benevolence. Join a committee for a nature/environmental group like the Sierra Club, clean up a park or beach, help underprivileged kids at summer camp or even go to a fundraiser. You'll feel good about yourself because you're doing good, and it might be socially productive.

If you have your sights set on vacation, you might consider a Club Med. Just make sure it caters to singles and not families. You don't want to get stuck with the kiddies when you're trying to meet Mr. or Ms. Right. Omega in Rhinebeck, New York is a wonderful new age spot for those interested in personal growth in a down-to-earth environment.

It is also never too late to learn a skill, and taking a course can be both mentally and socially stimulating. Continuity is key when you're trying to meet someone, and in a classroom setting you see the same faces more than once and get a chance to make new friends. Look into a local adult education program in your area and take a fun summer course -- even if it's learning tennis or something else outdoorsy. The Learning Annex and Seminar Center are two adult education programs you might explore.

Once you learn to play a particular sport, get outside and do it. You can join a tennis league, take golf lessons, seek out a volleyball league, go rollerblading in the park, go hiking, or even sailing. Anything sporty or outdoorsy always attracts more men than women -- so this is a good tip for you women out there.

Summer can be a time of self-exploration and growth, with the objective being to break old socializing patterns and try new things. Shed those winter layers, both physically and emotionally, and open yourself up. Taking social risks can be enlightening, challenging, and gratifying. Before you know it, summer is over, and things somehow seem less carefree and easygoing. So -- seize the moment!

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