You can’t meet someone in person unless you put yourself out there. But make sure that you aren’t just flocking to where you think you may find eligible singles. Choose places and experiences that align with your interests. “Spend time outside of your home doing things that make you happy,” says Monica Berg, the author of Rethink Love and co-host of the Spiritually Hungry Podcast. “Don’t go to a club unless you want to dance. Don’t sit in a coffee shop for four hours unless you really like their scones,” she warns. Berg recommends focusing on exploring your interests and making yourself happy, and says that eventually that joy will attract the right someone.
“Cast a net through your friends, family, and others in your life,” says Erica Cramer, a licensed clinical social worker with Cobb Psychotherapy in New York City. She suggests “telling everyone and anyone you know that you’re single and ready to mingle.” A blind date may feel risky, but having friends introducing you to a match, says Kelleher-Andrews, is very common and can make for a successful connector.