What the federal election can teach us about dating

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With just days to go before Australians partake in the nation’s largest sausage sizzle and elect the next Prime Minister, we take a look at what lessons the election campaign can teach us about dating.

2016 Australian election (source: Fairfax)

If you think about it, the leadership race has a lot in common with dating: we’re being actively courted by two eligible candidates who are keen to take things to the next level by making the relationship official.

But just like dating, before you commit your heart to someone, you need to work out how your suitor aligns to your values, beliefs and expectations about the relationship. Are they on the same page as you about the big ticket items that matter most to you?

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So what lessons can we take from the election and apply to our dating lives? Consider these three things:

  1. Get clear on your own non-negotiables. In an attempt to court voter support, the political parties have built their platforms around hot button issues that appeal to voters’ beliefs like marriage equality, jobs growth and climate change. Just like it’s important to know where you stand on these issues politically, in your personal relationships what core values will you not compromise on? It’s just as important to get clear on your non-negotiables in the dating world.
  2. Vote with your feet. In an attempt to court voter support, the political parties have built their platforms around hot button issues that appeal to voters’ beliefs like marriage equality, jobs growth and climate change. Just like it’s important to know where you stand on these issues politically, in your personal relationships what core values will you not compromise on? It’s just as important to get clear on your non-negotiables in the dating world.  While you’re probably more inclined to vote for the party and candidate that share your values, the introduction of a policy or platform that doesn’t gel with your beliefs would likely have you looking elsewhere. If you encounter a potential date who demonstrates one of your deal-breakers, walk away. For example, if maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of your values, don’t waste your time with the couch-potato who smokes and drinks. Save yourself a potential relationship spill down the track by only investing in dates who share your values.
  3. Be prepared to cross the floor. Just like it’s important to be politically open-minded, it’s equally important to be flexible on the superficial things and open to considering alternatives in the dating world. Remember, nobody’s perfect, but there’s someone out there who is perfect for you. So if you have always dated a certain ‘type’, why not consider chatting to someone who falls outside the mould. You just might be pleasantly surprised!

Soon, Australia will have an elected Prime Minister. Whether it’s Turnbull or Shorten, let’s hope we can enter this new relationship with a fresh perspective, an openness to new ideas and a shared commitment to the things that matter.

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What are your non-negotiables when it comes to dating? Let us know in the  comments below or join the conversation on FacebookTwitter & Instagram. And if you are ready to narrow down the world of possibilities, sign up to eharmony today- find someone made for you.


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