Recently we came across an article that was too good not to share. It's one of those rare moments where you can look at some of the things you are doing, or even not doing, and how this affects your search for the elusive "Mr. Right". This article is written by Amy Spencer, and was originally published in Women's Health Magazine. Here it is! --- Attractive, smart, successful 37-year-old Carissa had it all... except for what she wanted most: a husband and kids. And despite her best efforts to hide it, the desperation she felt over her single status was written all over her pretty face-hardly a trait most men find magnetic. So last year, she decided to freeze her eggs in an effort to extend her fertility. It was an expensive and sometimes painful process, thanks to the series of hormone injections she underwent. But it left her feeling empowered. “I’d been waiting around for my life to happen, and suddenly I was living it and enjoying myself, and it felt great,” she says. A few months later, she went on a Match.com date. And guess what? This one was fun, they talked, they laughed, and 10 months later... they got married! The moral of the story: you don’t have to freeze your eggs to find love, but you may need to adjust your outlook. “Dating success relies on you embracing your life, even if it’s not exactly the life you had planned,” says Michelle Callahan, Ph.D., a Women’s Health contributor and author of Ms.Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success. “Radiating self-assurance makes people want to join you for the ride.” Read on for tricks to cultivate that vibe. Say Cheese “A happy attitude is so alluring, yet would be shocked by how many women forget to smile when meeting someone new,” says Rachel Dinero, Ph.D., director of the psychology program at Cazenovia College in New York. Not that she faults them. It can be tough to be cheery if you’ve been burned in the past or if the conversation suddenly takes a turn for the tedious. But feeling like a jackass for the few seconds it takes to force a smile may be worth your effort. Research shows that flexing the facial muscles that are required to smile can substantially improve your mood. And it has a similar effect on the person with you. When you smile at someone, it may fire up a bundle of neurons in the frontal lobe of their brain, triggering happy feelings, says Craig Malkin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In other words, he could subconsciously start to associate elation with you. Plus, a study published in the journal Psychological Science found that smiling at a person makes you look prettier. Stay with us. Exude Confidence A self-assured attitude acts like a giant spotlight, highlighting all of your great qualities. This explains why a recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology proved that men fin women more attractive when they exude confidence. The good news is that developing a healthy dose of it doesn’t require some big, annoying self-improvement project. “Confidence is born when you start thinking of the bigger picture,” says Bethany Marshall, Ph.D., author of Deal Breakers: When to Work on a Relationship and When to Walk Away. “If you let your self-esteem hinge on a little external factors – he didn’t call, no one congratulated you on your promotion – you end up defining yourself based on other people’s ever-changing approval. When you have a steady view of yourself, it becomes easier to brush off others’ negativity, which can erode your sense of self.” And if you’re ever tempted to make self-deprecating comments in an effort to seem down-to-earth and approachable, don’t. “The latest brain research shows that when people make negative comments about themselves, even in jest, they can start to believe them,” says Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of Love in 90 Days. Take Control of Your Destiny By deciding to freeze her eggs, Carissa was essentially gaining a tighter hold on the reins of her life. “When you’re in the driver’s seat and making decisions, it sinks in that you’re capable of finding the joy in your life and that you don’t necessarily need a man to bring you happiness,” says Marshall. For example, if you’ve always wanted to own a house, there’s no reason to wait until you need a two-car garage. According to the National Association of Realtors, 21 percent of home buyers are now single women, so you’ll be in good company should you decide to make that leap. Bottom line: Taking charge of your life breeds independence, and a self-sufficient vibe is alluring. If you’re already fulfilled, he won’t get the sense that he’s only positive factor in your life. Who wants that kind of pressure? Focus on the Present When you do meet a great guy, heed this very important piece of advice: Don’t bring up your fast-approaching deadlines for major life milestones (read: marriage and babies) on date one. Guys have radar that picks up on women with timelines, and you don’t want him to think you are just husband shopping and aren’t really interested in him. Instead, talk about the aspects of your life that you’re passionate about – your career, running, cooking, whatever. Chatting about stuff that’s meaningful to you and going on right now serves as an important reminder that you bring a lot to the table. And he’ll want to pull up a seat right next to you.