Holidays are most enjoyable when you have a partner or spouse to celebrate with, along with a handful of children. However, they can be difficult when you’re single and alone. But sitting back feeling depressed or dwelling on how miserable you are won’t get you anywhere. There’s always somebody out there that, yes, has it better than you, but there is also somebody out there that has it worse. Making the best of the holidays is sometimes easier said than done, but here are some tips that will help you make the most of the holidays when you’re looking to meet over 40 singles.

1. Shopping at the Mall
If you’re out buying gifts, this might be the perfect opportunity to do a little flirting. If you happen to see someone alone, without a ring on, who happens to attract your eye, why not ask their advice on that sweater for Dad or that perfume for Mom? What better way to break the ice and start a conversation. Even when you’re waiting in those endless lines to pay, spark up a conversation with the person in front or behind you.

2. Holiday Travel
When you arrive at the airport and your flight is inevitably delayed, scope out the restaurant and airport bar and grab a drink or a bite next to someone whom you think might be single. Also, chat up people while you’re waiting to board your flight or someone sitting next to you in the plane. They may not be single, but if you start a conversation and they know you are, you never know who they know.