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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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7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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