Be clear about what you’re looking for in a relationship from the beginning.

An advantage to dating later in life is that you should know yourself better than you did in your younger years.

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Happiness is an emotional response to external stimuli.

To break the vow of “til’ death do us part” over an emotional state that may or may not be another person’s fault, is shallow and shows a lack of emotional maturity. I never date a woman who feels the need to tout her own independence.

Use that wisdom that comes with age to carefully assess what you need — and to identify any red flags and non-negotiables that appear early on.

If you’re coming out of a marriage or long-term relationship, don’t rush back into dating if you’re not emotionally ready for someone new.

If they’re young, it’s important to keep them from bonding prematurely with your date if you’re not yet in a committed relationship.

If they’re older, talk to them about what’s going on, and let them voice their concerns.

Dating can be intimidating and overwhelming — and maybe even terrifying — for anyone, no matter your age.

While dating after 40 might appear to have its unique set of challenges, it doesn’t have to be something to be dreaded. Don’t let a sense of urgency or the proverbial ticking clock impair your dating judgment.

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