SOURCE: True North Matchmaking Service

True North Matchmaking Service

February 04, 2011 10:00 ET

Resist the Urge to Slap a Cherub This Valentine's Day

True North Matchmaker Offers Top "Tough Love" Tips

WEST CHESTER, PA--(Marketwire - February 4, 2011) - If the upcoming heart-shaped holiday is enough to make you want to slap a chubby cherub, consider the following "tough love" dating tips from True North Matchmaking's Barb Gunselman:

1. Don't pick out the China. Proclaiming 2011 as your "year of the diamond" is a direct path to disappointment. Optimism is a great healthy attitude, but even the climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro starts with one step.

2. Rebounds are for the court, not courting.  Stop getting over the last relationship with the next -- being alone is empowering. You will come back to dating with restored confidence, the right attitude and a fresh perspective. And happiness is the sexiest accessory you can wear!

3. Stop judging a book by its cover. People always gripe about how long they've been dating online. This is because online profiles are akin to an author's bio and photo on a book jacket. Stop getting distracted by book covers and you may find a real treasure you tucked back in the shelf.

4. Put out the "I am ready to date" vibe. This is different from the scent of "eau du desperation." When you are out be mindful of your body language and any unintended walls you may be placing around you.

5. Don't schedule the dog walker. The first date should not include the first sleepover. It should be about sharing a little background (and perhaps a little smooch) so that there will be a second date and a third.

About The Matchmaker and True North: Barb Gunselman has successfully paired more than 300 people in her career, many leading to marriage. Launched in Fall 2010, True North Matchmaking's first two matched couples have already frozen their accounts to date exclusively. Watch the "Meet Barb" video:

True North matches sophisticated and professional singles 30-something and up, including gay, straight and lesbian, using a more personal and safe approach than other dating services. Gunselman connects individuals based on shared interests and goals rather than looks and means, and takes the work of out dating. For more information, please visit and watch this short video:

NOTE TO EDITORS: As you are planning your Valentine's Day stories, Barb is available for interviews and/or contributed columns. Contact Anne Bongiovanni at 610-331-2329;

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