Six date-night tips – science-approved!

Six date-night tips – science-approved!

Whether you’re dating again after a divorce, or your long-term relationship needs a boost, studies tell us that these tricks will help turn that spark into a flame.

Whether you’re dating again after a divorce, or your long-term relationship needs a boost, studies tell us that these tricks will help turn that spark into a flame.

You know when you meet someone, sparks fly and you click instantly? It’s like you were destined to meet and it just feels so natural you can’t explain it…

But, of course, scientists can explain it. And, while that might take the romance out of things somewhat, the many studies into what attracts people to each other can prove useful if you’re trying to impress a date, or reignite things with your partner.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up six studies that have found the best ways to increase the attraction with your date. So armed with these tips, and with a little help from Cupid, you could have your best date ever.

Lady in red

Red has long been associated with passion, and there is a science behind it: female baboons and chimpanzees display red on their bodies when they’re ready to mate, and it increases their attraction to males of the species.

A study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that human males aren’t so different. It found that men were keener to get to know and sit closer to a woman wearing red than when she was wearing green or blue.

So for your date why not wear a red silk shirt, or a red blazer? Or go full-on knockout and rock that little red dress. He won’t know what’s hit him.

Smell good enough to eat

According to Dr Alan Hirsch, founder of The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago, sweet scents are what drives a man wild. In particular pumpkin pie and vanilla, apparently.

So look for perfume with notes of vanilla and check out our pumpkin pie recipe to really get him going.

The way to a man’s heart…

… is through his stomach. And it can help in other departments, too, if you fill the menu with aphrodisiacs.

Oysters are arguably the best-known mood booster, and it’s because of their high zinc content, which stimulates the right hormones to get you in the mood. Vitamin E does the same, so a side order of asparagus could do wonders, while chillies can literally spice things up by getting your blood pumping and heart racing.

For dessert, good old chocolate boosts our happy hormones, giving us a feel-good glow on the date. Any excuse for a chocolate fondant…

Be confident

Countless studies have proven that both men and women find confidence attractive. The main reasons are cited as being because it makes someone appear more trustworthy and honest because they’re more open.

It also means they’re more flirty and smiley, which gives your partner positive signals, making them feel good about themselves, you and the date.

If you’re not naturally confident, the best way to it is to fake it ’til you make it. Acting more confident (but, importantly, not arrogant) will help your date to react positively towards you, which in turn will boost your real confidence.

If it’s your sensitive bladder that’s causing you to lose confidence as you worry about impromptu leaks, try Always Discreet liners, pads or pants. They are specially designed to absorb urine leaks and odours in seconds, so you’ll feel at your most confident when on your date.

Body talk

Most of us know to make lots of eye contact (although look from eye to eye so you’re not just staring!) and to mirror our partner’s body language, but posture is also one of the most key points of attraction.

A study into speed dating by the University of California found that people who had an open posture – so no crossed arms, sitting up straight and making expansive gestures – were 76% more likely to get a ‘yes’ response from their speed dating partner. So sit up straight to impress your date.

A little more conversation…

Of course we’re not all completely shallow, so what you talk about on the date does have some influence on attraction, you’ll be happy to hear.

Surprisingly, though, while many of us tend to moan that men don’t listen, according to a study by Stanford scholars Dan McFarland and Dan Jurafsky, both genders felt they clicked more with a date when the conversation mainly revolved around the woman.

They recorded nearly 1,000 four-minute dates, and found that when the woman talked mainly about herself and the man interjected with enthusiastic or sympathetic responses, both parties were more likely to say they clicked in just four minutes. We talk while they listen? Sounds good to us!

What are your tips for a great date? Let us know in the comments section below.

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