Sharing a laugh on a first date is a great way to break the ice as well as an effective bonding tool.

‘It’s always tempting to ‘accidentally’ check out a date’s social media accounts before meeting up.

In fact, our research shows that over a third (38%) of us admit to a pre-date Google. In-depth social media stalking will make you form judgments before you’ve even sat down together so prioritise getting to know the real person, rather than their online persona.’ ‘A first date is your opportunity to get to know your date – and for them to get to know you.

Visualise a great date – one where the conversation flows easily – and hold on to the positive feelings that the thought encourages. Stand in front of the mirror, put your shoulders back, and say out loud ‘I can do this’.

It may sound strange but it really works.’ ‘When we laugh we release endorphins, which can help us to relax.

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If a match is asking a lot of questions of this type, let them know that you’re not comfortable sharing that information and report them if you have any suspicions about their true motives.’ ‘Even if they claim to make the best pasta in town, never meet someone for the first time at their home and don’t invite them to yours.