It’s no longer just a simple case of your eyes meeting across a crowded bar.
With so many demands on our time these days – from family commitments to work – there aren’t often enough hours in the day left for single people to go out searching for their perfect partner.
It’s no surprise then that online dating is on the rise – even if the thought of it can be pretty daunting for many.
Now one dating website – eHarmony.co.uk – is launching its first ever School of Love in Cardiff to help single people in the city identify what they are looking for in a relationship.
Held on Thursday evenings throughout August, the seminars will help people develop emotional intelligence, understand themselves and their personal needs in a relationship and learn how compatibility is key to lasting relationships.
Newport-based life coaching couple Rose Dixey and Martin Collinson will be delivering the sessions and they certainly know how to achieve success dating online – they met through eHarmony.
“We both love empowering people to live the life of their dreams,” said Rosie.
“In these events we’ll be helping people to do that and find the joy we’ve found together; which is wonderful.”
eHarmony expert, Aisling Lawless, said: “When it comes to what people want from a relationship, everybody is unique –however, no matter what you’re looking for in a partner, eHarmony matches you based on 29 dimensions of compatibility, bringing you happy relationships with people who fit with your personality and needs.
“We’ve created the School of Love as the absolute antithesis to disposable dating. These sessions are not about finding a partner but about identifying who you are, what you want and how to get it.”
Where and when is the School of Love?
The School of Love sessions, open to singles of all ages, will be held at Kin Ilk, Pontcanna in Cardiff on August 11,18 and 25 from 6.30pm to 9pm.
What will I learn?
August 11 – Self-discovery, knowing yourself, the most important first step .
August 18 – The science of compatibility, how and why successful relationships work based on the 29 dimensions .
August 25 – Developing the confidence to take the next step to finding a compatible partner.
How do I book a place?
The spaces for School of Love are limited to help participants get the most out of the session.
You can register for the event via the eHarmony Eventbrite page
Tickets cost £5 and include complimentary drinks. Following each seminar participants will receive a code for a free trial with eHarmony.
An online dating success story…
Rose, 57, and Martin, 58, had both been previously married, had been single for several years and were looking to establish a new, long lasting relationship so signed up for eHarmony.
Rose said: “When Martin popped up as a suitable partner on eHarmony I immediately felt drawn to him. We exchanged phone calls and arranged to meet in August 2013 to walk around Roath Park lake. When we met, we connected immediately, we hugged straight away and there was no awkwardness for the couple of hours we were together. It was very natural.”
A pre-planned trip to India for Rose put the relationship on hold for a few months, but on her return in January 2014 they arranged to see each other again. Their date happened to fall on Valentine’s Day, and by March they were an item.
They moved in together within seven months, and in May 2015 Rose and Martin got engaged. They married in August 2015 and had a big celebration of their union with friends and family at a yoga retreat in the Gower.