Published On: Fri, Mar 25th, 2011

Spring into successful dating

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The month of March is the time of spring break, the first day of spring and of course, everyone’s favorite time to celebrate Irish heritage with green beer.

However, what most people don’t even realize is that March is also the best time of year to begin dating someone.

Most people associate romanticism with cold winter nights and seasonal lights glowing down city blocks, but this isn’t necessarily so. Sure, there’s heightened romance in the winter (mostly because that’s the way winter is sold to us — when it’s cold outside, you stay warm with your love.)

Then there’s summer — the most cliché time of the year for relationships. The idea of having a summer love goes back decades; Olivia Newton John and John Travolta even sang a song about it in my least favorite musical, appropriately titled “Summer Lovin.’”

But the spring months are almost always forgotten about when it comes to relationships and dating.

First and foremost, it’s best to start dating someone in the spring (more specifically, after St. Patrick’s day) because most, if not all, major holidays are behind you in this time of the year. Unless they have a birthday in the spring and summer months, you don’t have to worry about buying gifts or meeting families — a situation that is always more awkward than anyone is willing to admit.

If you start dating someone in autumn or winter, it’s almost as if you’re locked in that relationship until after Valentine’s Day. However, if sparks fly with someone new after St. Patrick’s day, you have little to no obligation to stay in the relationship. Think about it — if you break up with someone right before Thanksgiving or Christmas, you’re defenseless when people claim that you’re a jerk. You also don’t have to worry about buying (or handcrafting, if you’re the creative type) the perfect gift for the significant other you’ve only been with for a couple of weeks.

Springtime is also more conducive to the start of a fantastic relationship because you’re not confined to the four walls of your apartment or dorm room due to weather that’s uncomfortably cold.

Seasonal depression can affect a lot of people, and thus put the kibosh on relationships that start around the time the winter settles in. However, around the middle of March, the sun starts to shine and Texas is in bloom, which provides a host of things to do that are outside.

For example: instead of being stuck inside watching movies evening after evening, you have the option to go on a picnic or take a trip to the beach (though Galveston might not be the best place to be at night.)

You and yours could also go on a bike ride or a jog after dinner if you and your significant other are more athletic.

Besides the benefit of breaking the monotony, most of the aforementioned are free, which is a great thing to hear for a college student.

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