It's that time of year again. (No, not just the holidays, though we have you covered for those too.)
Winter is the perfect time for spending time indoors with someone special. Surveys suggest that people of all genders are more likely to want a serious relationship in the winter than any other time of year, which makes the next few months a potential dating jackpot if you approach them strategically.
We've heard a lot of people refer to this phenomenon as "cuffing season," a term that originated in African American Vernacular English. Whatever you call this time of year, there is evolutionary science to back it up. Earlier in our history, being coupled up during the winter months—when food and resources were scarce—increased the survival chances for offspring, establishing evolutionary roots for this feeling.
So if the cold weather's got you hankering for a more-than-casual snuggle buddy, you're not alone. Here's our advice for making the most of this time of year.
1. Make Time for Dates
The holidays are a hectic time of year for everyone, but that's no reason to give up on dating. The easiest way to find out if you have chemistry with someone is to meet up in real life, so make sure you're making an effort to write and respond to messages, and taking things offline. Remember that no one is going to fall into your lap without some effort on your part (unless of course you're Santa).
2. Make the Holidays Work In Your Favor
How? By taking advantage of all the holiday activities that only come around once a year. Take a walk to look at the colored lights, or make a date to go ice skating. Even inviting someone to go gift shopping with you can be a fun way to get to know someone while you work on a project together.
3. Attend Holiday Parties
You know that random Christmas party you've been half-dreading? Maybe there will be cute single people there! If you're feeling adventurous, offer to attend your friends' holiday parties as their +1. There are parties everywhere you look this time of year, so get out there and score some invites.
The holidays are a perfect time to seek out opportunities to help people who could use a hand. Volunteering is a natural mood booster, and it's a great way to meet people who care about the same issues you do.
Even if you follow our advice to the letter, there's no guarantee you'll find your special snowflake this winter. The important thing is to not get discouraged. Check in with friends who can identify with what you're going through. Remember that this is something that nearly everyone has experienced at some time in their lives, and you are not alone.
Good luck and happy dating!