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25 Romantic Fall Date Ideas

25 Romantic Fall Date Ideas

Fall is the perfect time of year for romantic, cuddle-worthy dates and begins when the center of the sun crosses the earth’s equator. Daylight begins to wane in the Fall and there are more hours spent in darkness as winter approaches. The weather begins to cool down, affording couples the opportunity to snuggle indoors — or seek adventure outside amidst the turning, multicolored leaves.

There are many unique reasons why Autumn is the perfect time for dating. Fall is when testosterone is naturally highest in both men and women, which increases the desire for closeness, making a successful date more likely. Also, when comparing the seasonal patterns of relationships in Facebook profiles, Fall is the time of year when more people who are single switch their status to “In a Relationship” or “Engaged” than the yearly average. Fall is a great season for outdoor activities because the heat is not unbearable, and the turning leaves and smell of chimney smoke and autumnal spices in the air all make for a great backdrop for a romantic date. There are many things you can do during Fall that you can’t do at other times of year and you should definitely take advantage of that. Autumn, therefore, is the perfect time to consider asking your crush out!

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Here are 25 unique and romantic “Fall Date Ideas” designed to inspire connection and conversation.

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  • Visit a local pumpkin patch. Choose a pumpkin together, and carve it.
  • Take a trip to an orchard and go apple picking.
  • Fall is the perfect time for wine tasting — just make sure you have a designated driver for safety reasons.
  • Stay indoors and watch cheesy Halloween classics like Hocus Pocus and Casper.
  • Make popcorn balls and devour them as you watch Netflix.
  • Go for a hike amidst the autumn leaves.
  • Pack a picnic filled with seasonal foods and head to a local lookout for a casual, yet fun date.
  • If you both like horror, head to a haunted maze and travel through the terror together.
  • Attend a “Date and Paint Night”. Dine on seasonal goodies and paint a fall inspired scene!
  • For foodies: Track down gourmet food trucks, see if you can find an appetizer, entree, and dessert that each include pumpkin as an ingredient!
  • Autumn is perfect for bonfires — take your sweetie to one and stay cozy as you make s’mores!
  • Head to a local coffee house and share a Pumpkin Spice Latte or apple cider.
  • Go on a hay ride together — be sure to bring a blanket to share and keep warm!
  • Attend a local Farmer’s Market and pick out some delicious produce.
  • Have a blast picking out Halloween costumes together.
  • Go bobbing for apples at a country fair.
  • Go horseback riding or rent a horse-drawn carriage for a romantic ride through the park.
  • Find a purportedly haunted location and visit it to see if you can catch evidence of paranormal activity.
  • Build a gingerbread house together and decorate with Halloween candy!
  • Make and decorate caramel apples!
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest.
  • Watch a local football game.
  • Check out a brewery for a seasonal craft beer tasting.
  • Go bird watching together — Autumn is when birds begin their annual migrations!
  • Go Geocaching and enjoy the hunt for treasure as you take in the sights and smells of Fall.

When thinking about a romantic date the most important thing to consider is choosing an activity that both of you can enjoy together. Make an effort and get to know the person ahead of time if possible. Then, pick something that will be both memorable and magical.

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What amazing, unique and romantic fall dates have you gone on?

Featured photo credit: Couple/Wyatt Fisher via flickr.com

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How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

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By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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