How to Friendly Flirt

How to Friendly Flirt

by Joe Burnham

About Joe Burnham

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Joe Burnham has been a writer since 2008, working with British magazines such as "NME." His articles have been featured in "The Independent" newspaper, London's "Time Out" magazine and "York Vision," where he served as editor-in-chief. Burnham holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and international relations from the University of York.

Flirting is a skill that can help improve your self-confidence and enable you to interact with a variety of individuals in a positive way. Although flirting is often considered to be tricky and difficult, with a little practice it can be an enjoyable and refreshing activity. When done right, it can leave both people feeling positive and appreciated. Friendly flirting is done in a similar way to traditional, romantic flirting, except the intention is less romantic and more based around complimenting the other person.

Read the situation accurately. Sometimes, friendly flirting can be an effective way to have fun and show warmness toward someone, although occasionally it may be considered inappropriate. Before flirting, think about whether the person would appreciate flirtatious behaviour, or whether she might interpret it as being offensive, and thus unwelcome.

Compliment the other person in a playful way. This compliment should ideally be about something superficial, otherwise you may appear too serious and romantically interested. Unless you're confident that it wouldn't be inappropriate, focus your attention on something which isn't related to the person's body -- for example, compliment her fashion sense or perfume. You should ideally make this comment in a location in which other people are present and within earshot, as this demonstrates that you're not making a serious flirtation in private.

Wink while making a "clicking" sound or make a similar gesture to suggest that you're just being playful. Doing so can further help eliminate any miscommunication, and prevent the person thinking you're genuinely saying anything with a romantic intention behind it.

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