I don't know what happens during the Holidays, but it seems that relationships end and begin during this time. I have group of close friends that are experiencing this process at the moment, so a couple of articles caught my eye. One on the art of being a gentleman and the other detailing old fashioned dating habits that ought to be revived.

While I'm no expert on relationships, I felt compelled to share what I gathered from those articles combined with my own unique experiences.

1. Above all, ladies, always remember your value.

I believe there is no such thing as an ugly woman. There are women who might behave ugly, but the most beautiful thing a woman can wear is a positive attitude and a smile.

2. Do not give your time to someone who makes you feel less than you are.

We all have intrinsic value. Each person has their own story that they write each day, filled their own conflicts and battles. Remember while fighting your own, that you are hero or heroine of your own story and make the choices that decide whether it is a comedy or a tragedy. Give your time and attention to people who appreciate your positive attitude.

3. Show respect for yourself through your appearance.

We don't all look like the glamorous models on the cover of magazines, but we can all take pride in our appearance by dressing clean and neat.

4. Do not allow yourself to become a door mat.

Again, you  determine your own value. If someone belittles you or demeans you, they do not deserve a place in your life.

5. Smile and be approachable.

Smiles are contagious, and they feel good too. Even when you are feeling down, force yourself to smile and see if you mood is not brightened.

6. Do not chase after a man who is not interested.

Appearing desperate is not attractive. Confidence is attractive.

7. Always be prepared to go "Dutch."

Dates don't always go well, and even the guys who appear to be great might be broke and leave you staring at the check. Always be prepared to buy your own meal.

8. Do not become his meal ticket.

Generosity is admirable, but allowing yourself to become someone else's meal ticket is not. Allowing someone to take advantage of your kindness and generosity can become a slippery slope fast.