Go for a romantic walk
A walk, in itself, may sound boring, but the right scenery and pace can give daters scenic views to discuss and the time to comfortably learn about one another. Picking a walking trail in perhaps one of your favorite places in the city will build rapport with your date. Perhaps planning an outdoor eating setup or stopping by a nearby bistro could top off the casual stroll.
“We often have deeper, more substantive conversations when we’re side-by-side rather than face-to-face,” dating expert Bela Gandhi told Women’s Health.
Bond with laughter at a comedy show
A night out at a comedy show or open mic can help alleviate the nerves that come along with a first date. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, laughter has many benefits.
The natural advantages of laughter include:
- Boosting your immune system
- Increasing endorphins, which is a way to alleviate pain naturally
- Decreasing depression and anxiety
- Lowering blood pressure
To add a few more giggles to your and your new date’s life, check out local open mic nights at restaurants, comedy clubs, breweries and wineries. Bonus: You may determine your new love’s sense of humor after just one meeting.
Taste test at a cooking class
If you’ve already covered favorite foods – and allergies – a cooking class could be a refreshing and tasty first date. Conversation can take place while bonding over chopping veggies and taste testing together. Other than that, this first date can be a great way to get both individuals out of their comfort zone, Marisa T. Cohen, relationship scientist and coach, told Women’s Health.
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