How to Spend the Holidays Alone
Learn how to love being single as the year comes to a close
3. If there's a chance you'll have fun, go to the party.
“When you're only a little sad, the best medicine is to get out and be with friends,” says Dr. Rodino. Don't obsess about not being part of a couple; partners don't stay connected at the hip at a party, anyway. “Just as they mingle and chat all night long, so can you,” says Dr. Rodino. And if the event is a drag, you can always leave. “People have so many obligations around the holidays—it's totally acceptable to party hop,” says Dr. Goldberg.
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4. Make new friends (not just men).
Another advantage to accepting invitations: You never know whom you'll meet. But Dr. Goldberg cautions against setting yourself up for disappointment. “Whatever the event, it should be something you enjoy for the sake of the activity itself, not for making a romantic connection,” she says. And that starts with a positive attitude. “View it as an opportunity to meet new girlfriends,” says Dr. Goldberg, admitting that it doesn't hurt if they have brothers, cousins or single friends.
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