"Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time." ~Maya Angelou

caucasian-84418_640Who doesn't love love? You do, right? And, just maybe, you'e got a couple of friends or acquaintances who you just know would be perfect for each other.

They're both single and you're just dying to set them up. So what do you do? Where do you get started? 

Start With the Set-Up: 7 No-Fail Steps to Successfully Hook Up Two Friends 

  1. Ask for permission. Find out whether your friend is interested in dating. She may be healing from a recent divorce or consumed with launching a new business. If the timing is off, maybe she’ll still appreciate your thoughtfulness and get back to you when her situation changes.
  2. Rehearse your introduction. Explain why you think two people would be a good match. Do they share a love for opera or volley ball? Do they both want to marry and live outside the city?
  3. Listen closely. One of the most effective ways to figure out what would make your friends click is to pay attention to them. The things they talk about could reveal what they want.
  4. Share a photo. Your coworker’s definition of gorgeous could be very different from your own. Present a photograph to avoid misunderstandings.
  5. Check your motives. If you’re secretly attracted to someone, it’s easy to let those feelings persuade you to pair them up with someone else. Ensure that you’ll be happy for the new couple if things work out.
  6. Stand back. You’re probably going to be curious about whatever happens on the first date. Learning a few details is intriguing. Becoming too involved is disruptive.
  7. Live and learn. If your first match fails to ignite, refine your strategy. Experience and practice makes you more insightful.
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