Many singles I know over the age of 40 ask me what the best ways to meet someone are. Well, my mother, who met my father when he came over to help her with her beach umbrella, always used to tell me to do everything you can, “because you never know where you’ll meet your special someone.” I agree with her. My best advice for dating after 40 is to try meeting people every way possible.

Those of us born in the 50’s and 60’s are in a transitional period. We grew up thinking that we would meet our soul mate through the traditional ways of dating—introductions, church or temple, movies, and even on beautiful summer days at the beach with family and friends. As a result, we look at the way we eventually meet “the one” as a mystery until it happens. We never know how, where, or when we’re going to meet the one for us.