Barton Goldsmith: Falling In Love…Again

By Barton Goldsmith
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Dr. Barton Goldsmith, a psychotherapist in Westlake Village, Calif., is the author of “The Happy Couple: How to Make Happiness a Habit One Little Loving Thing at a Time.” Here he shares his thoughts on finding new love.

Tribune News Service

You have been living the single life for some time now, and you feel like you are ready for a real relationship with someone who will honor and cherish you.

Sounds like a lovely idea, and most people want the fairy tale.

It’s just that perhaps you’ve come up short on the “happily ever after” part in the past, and that is likely to make you a bit shy when it comes to finding new love.

More and more people are using the internet, although I know several people who refuse to try it. Each to his or her own, but either way, finding someone new can be a challenge.

You can’t bond with a person you don’t trust, and trust is earned, not given, so it takes a little time.

If you’ve met someone online, do a Skype or FaceTime call, so you can see each other ASAP.

That can make or break the potential new connection. Once you’ve decided you like each other, then meeting is the logical next step.

This shouldn’t be a problem as long as you are within driving distance from each other, but what if you aren’t?

Taking a trip to meet someone new is daunting for both parties, and this journey should not be taken lightly. Make sure that the two of you have had at least 36 hours of face-to-face conversation (via the internet) and that several other people know where you are going and who you are seeing.

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