A positive upbeat attitude generally makes you feel younger, as does an enthusiastic and optimistic outlook.
People who are jaded, bitter and cynical about the world and their relationships can come across as being much older than they actually are.
If having a family is something you want from a relationship then obviously age differences become a bigger consideration.
Women’s fertility naturally begins to diminish after the age of 35 and, while men can physically father children until much later, it’s worth bearing in mind that a man who doesn’t become a father until he is 50 will be 68 by the time that child reaches adulthood.
Whether you’d never date a younger man or are considering dating an older women – or vice versa – everyone is sure to have an opinion.
As with all aspects of the dating process, stay flexible and keep an open mind.
Anything over 25 years does begin to raise problems in terms of compatibility because you are effectively from different generations and therefore your life experiences, beliefs and values may be so vastly different that it can cause difficulties when you negotiate important decisions in your relationship.
When someone of 30 is dating someone who is 50 the age difference may not seem particularly significant.
This can seem quite restrictive but is a good way of judging whether the age range that you’re dating in will widely be deemed appropriate.
It isn’t fair but older men dating younger women seems to have always been acceptable in almost all cultures but, happily, older women having relationships with younger men is becoming much more accepted and commonplace.