Dangers of dating after divorce
"Think about who you want to be -- the person you were before the marriage, or maybe a new person?
What are some of the things you can do differently?
"What were your hobbies and activities before the marriage? Maybe it's as simple as a pixie haircut after a lifetime of wearing long, flowing locks.
Maybe it's trying a new sport, considering a different place of worship, or going back to college.
"Whatever your marriage and divorce experience has been, there will be emotions that have to do with grief," says psychotherapist Florence Falk, Ph D, MSW, author of On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone.
"You may feel remorse for what you did or didn't do, or wonder what you did wrong.
"There are more than 30 million people living alone in this country today," Falk says.
"That's a lot of people, and there are a lot of opportunities for social connection.
Society is much more accepting of singles than even a decade ago, when solo restaurant diners often got the hairy eyeball.
DO NOT DATE DURING DIVORCE AND CERTAINLY DO NOT LIVE WITH A GIRLFRIEND OR BOYFRIEND DURING THE DIVORCE.