To move from friends to dating
Our bodies are wired to associate physical closeness with emotional closeness.Holding hands, hugging, and even lying next to a man can release oxytocin in women—the hormone associated with bonding.A few years ago, I attended the wedding of two dear friends of mine.Their wedding was nothing short of a joyful and magical affair, as weddings typically are, but something remarkable stood out at this wedding.Women and men alike have been on the end of dating situation where a lack of a call back has left them hanging and uncertain for days. There is nothing more awkward than showing up at a social event to see that date you never got back to. Do you let it be and hope they don’t say something?It’s better to avoid such awkwardness entirely by being polite and direct in the dating process.Their friendships told a different story: we don’t have to be afraid that love and dating tried and failed will end bitterly.
And dare I say, its perhaps delayed or even prevented some “happily ever afters.” My friends’ wedding, and the attendance of their exes, proves this myth to be just that.For one thing, getting physical too soon could mean potentially dragging out a relationship that never should have been.