One of the first questions a couple is asked post-Facebook status change is how they met their new sig other. For some, it may be a funny and sweet story that is reminiscent of Hollywood scripts. Perhaps he was the service technician sent out to fix your office’s copy machine. Maybe it was a coffee order mix up that resulted in a connection at your favorite wi-fi friendly coffee shop. It may have been at a bar encounter, a networking cocktail party or even a shared taxi from the airport.
Every new romance starts with a story. Sometimes it began with a bit of help from our friends or perhaps even with assistance from online dating sites. Or perhaps you are one of the few that randomly stumbled upon your partner in a chance meeting.
New research, according to a recent article on Psychology Today, found that out of 62 couples interviewed for the study, most met their partner through “friends or family (25 percent), or through a shared common interest (24 percent). Others made a connection at work (16 percent), while a considerable minority (11 percent) met their partners at a bar, school or online.”
According to the article, the reason for the strength in family and friends introduction met they had support of friends, common friendship circles and compatible interests. “Even individuals who met anonymously (in a bar, online) are at an advantage if they are able to integrate each other into their social networks and find the support of family.”
While a relationship may be between two people, our connections are strengthened by the bonds we have with others. Having a cheering section in your corner will help you take positive steps forward — such as moving towards a more permanent relationship.
The key is not to get caught up in what your friends, family or co-workers think of the start to your storybook romance. Focus on the fact that you met someone wonderful — even if the start wasn’t the sweep you off your feet stuff Hollywood shows on the silver screen. The truth of it is that we all have a different road to love. Forge your path, enjoy the scenery and relish what you have.