The famous song says that money makes the world go around, but we all know that what really counts in life is love. It’s the emotion that makes us wake with a smile on our face and go to sleep with positive thoughts for the days and weeks ahead. For many reasons, however, some men and women reach their senior years without a loved one by their side. That can make life seem less than it once was, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. The fact is that you’re never too old to find love and bring happiness into your life, and there are more ways than ever before to find that special someone: whether it’s you, a parent or grandparent that are searching for a soul mate, take a look at our handy guide below.

Social Activities

Studies show that more and more people of senior age are suffering from loneliness, and the effects can be very far-reaching. One study showed that living alone could have the same effect on lifespan as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, so maybe loneliness is a habit that should be given up too? Getting out of the house, and finding a new hobby or passion in life, can transform the way you feel about yourself and the world in general, and it might help you find a new love too. Take a look in your local newspaper for classes that you might be interested in or find one on the internet. You may even find classes that are particularly designed for widows, or for lonely people in their golden years, and this can be a perfect place to find someone who will brighten up your life.

Keep Fit And Exercise Classes

As we get older we can fall prey to more and more niggling aches and pains but adopting a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle can help to combat that. Keep fit and exercise isn’t for the young, and in fact, it’s even more important as we advance in years. The key to keeping fit is to find an activity you enjoy, as you’re then more likely to return again and again. Community centers often have fitness activities designed especially for senior citizens, and this can be a great opportunity to meet someone who will play a big role in your life. When you find a keep fit partner, it can often develop into a partnership of a more romantic kind.

Shopping For Love

We all have to go shopping, but it can be a great place to pick up a partner as well as picking up something to eat. Some supermarkets have held dating nights with the specific aim of attracting single men and women who are looking for love, but in fact, your ideal other half could be there any day of the week. When you are pushing your shopping trolley, take time to look not only at the shelves but at the aisles you walk down. If you see a person of the right age and on their own that appeals to you, take a sneak peek into their trolley – do the items they’re buying indicate the supply for a single person, a couple or a family? You’ll be surprised at how adept you become at spotting who is single and who is simply shopping alone on this occasion, and this can help you strike up a conversation with someone who will become very important to you.

Places Of Worship

Society as a whole may be becoming more secular, but there are still large numbers of people across America who profess themselves to belong to a faith group, and who regularly attend worship. Attending a ceremony of worship can lift the spirits and make us feel more positive about life, which is probably one reason why people who attend church or other religious ceremonies live longer on average. They’re also an ideal place to find a new life partner, for the simple reason that you know that the people in attendance share the belief that’s so important to you. If you attend worship regularly, you’ll soon make new friends, and you’ll also know who else is single and looking for love, so don’t be afraid to talk to them – after all, St. Paul himself said the greatest of all things is love.

Online Dating

There’s one form of dating that has surpassed all others in recent years, internet dating – but don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s only for young people. There are online dating sites which are specially made for senior citizens, and others which are designed for people who belong to certain faith groups, and where an emphasis is placed upon the things that really matter: personality, attitudes, and beliefs, rather than the superficial characteristics that may attract us when we’re younger. The internet is the ideal forum for senior dating, and with more and more senior citizens now having access to the internet, you’re sure to find lots of eligible men or women in your area. The great thing about online dating is that you can chat to a potential date online first before you meet them, so you’ve already broken the ice and you can be sure that you have things in common.

Whether you’re widowed, divorced, separated or simply never found the right person, finding love in later years can seem daunting, but you owe it to yourself to find the love that’s out there waiting for you. The key to finding a romantic partner at any age is to be open and confident. Smile at people, talk to them, and listen to what they say, and you can soon find that you’ve struck up a rapport. Before long, you might find your heart fluttering again, and then you’ll know you’ve found the right one. There are so many places to find your new love, from community and shopping centers to places of worship, and you may even find your perfect partner waiting for you on an online senior dating site. Put your fears to one side and embrace life, love, and happiness.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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