Have you decided you’re ready to find love? If so, cheers to you to committing to finding the love you deserve. But don’t wait until after the ball drops in Times Square to go after what you want. This time of year is a great time to start dating because you actually have more options. Here’s why: Studies show online dating sites get a bump in membership during the holiday season. Some singles find the domino effect of holiday after holiday motivating. The idea of enduring another family dinner with an empty chair next to them isn’t appealing. So, they decide to online date. All those singles joining at the same time means that you will have many more online daters to connect with than other times of the year. Why not get started when you have more options to choose from? There are good singles everywhere. Remember, online dating is not the only way to meet someone. After all, there are good singles everywhere. This time of year, shopping centers, restaurants and bars are bustling with people who may not normally be out and about – many of whom are single. As you’re out buying gifts or meeting up friends, make a conscious effort to be approachable. Here are some quick tips: • Put your phone away. • Make eye contact with strangers. • Talk to strangers. Say, “Hi,” or better yet, “Happy Holidays.” Then start a conversation. • Be jolly. Other singles will notice. Holiday events abound. December is brimming with opportunities to get out and meet people. Whether you tag along to your winggirl’s work party or go to a friend’s Mulled Wine Tasting, there are tons seasonal events to attend. The key is to say, “Yes” and go! You never know who you might meet. This New Year’s Eve, ensure that you won’t be standing under the mistletoe by yourself. Take advantage of the holiday season and dare to date. After all, why wait to get the one thing you want most?