Here comes the sun: Why now is the time for summer romance

couple walking together in summer with trees

While Ireland may not be famous for its balmy summers, there’s little doubt that a few hot days can encourage us to get outside, meet people and stir up our romantic side. But why is sunshine so good for creating love? EliteSingles explains why hot days can lead to hot nights.

To find your summer romance, now is the time to get started. Register with EliteSingles today and you may find that, by summer, your love life is also getting warm! In the mean time, here’s five good reasons why getting yourself outside may put you on track for a summer romance.

Reading this in the winter? You might prefer our 5 tips for the cosiest winter dates

1. Sun gives us optimism.

Many people think that warm weather can positively affect their mood – and they’re right. It’s certainly no coincidence that we associate a good mood with being “bright” and “sunny”. Sunshine helps produce feelings of happiness and energy – good news for singles looking for a summer romance. Happiness is an intrinsically attractive quality; that’s why we prefer to date someone who is positive and joyful.

2. Hot weather can improve our health.

Sunny weather can also positively affect our health. While rainy winters leave many in Ireland feeling a little down, even a brief spell of warm sun and a few days spent outside can turn these feelings around. By helping to boost our Vitamin D and serotonin levels, the sun can indeed have a direct effect on our wellbeing. This added healthiness is a timely bonus for singles looking for love, as it turns out that healthy people are usually seen as more attractive.

3. Summer brings out your flirtatious side.

It’s not just better moods and better health that a bit of sun brings, either. Whether enjoying the countryside or sitting leisurely outside a Dublin bar – Irish summer days are an ideal time for singles to ramp up their dating efforts. Sunshine can indeed make people more receptive to flirty behaviour: in a 2013 study, almost 25% of women were prepared to give their number out when approached on a sunny day, compared to just 14% when it was cloudy. This should add to singles’ optimism for finding summer romance – time perhaps to start honing those flirting skills?

4. Warmer weather may be linked to generosity.

In fact, you may not even have to work particularly hard. Research has also demonstrated a link between higher temperatures and people’s generosity. For singles waiting to make the first move this can only be good news – you may not only be healthier, more attractive, happier and more flirty, but prospective dates may be even more glad to meet you!

5. Romantic summer date ideas are everywhere.

And once you have that first date then the fun truly starts. A summer romance opens up all kinds of opportunities to really enjoy what Ireland has to offer. There’s simply something deeply romantic about long, balmy nights spent in each other’s company, and now is the perfect time to impress your date with summery revisions of some classic dates. The favourite cinema date? How about arranging a picnic and finding an outdoor screening? A casual after work drink, meanwhile, can be transformed with the right location into a really memorable experience. Even a simple early-evening stroll can be perfect, soaking up the sun while you get to know someone.

Let this summer inspire you to find romance – EliteSingles can connect you with someone with whom to enjoy everything it has to offer.

If you have any summer dating tips you’d like to share please leave a comment below or write to us at [email protected]

EliteSingles editorial, June 2014


1 The Effects of Weather on Daily Mood: A Multilevel Approach. Study done on behalf of the American Psychological Institute, 2008.
2 The Reasons Why Happiness Is The Most Attractive Quality. Paul Hudson, 2013.
4 Feeling flirty? Wait for the sun to shine. Taylor & Francis, 2013.
5 Weather, mood, and helping behaviour: Quasi experiments with the sunshine Samaritan. Michael R. Cunningham, writing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1979.

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