Without further ado, here are seven life lessons we've learned from watching The Bachelor.
Don't be afraid to be yourself.
A.K.A. be weird! Be authentic. It's totally okay to ugly cry every now and then — we get it. Even if you bathe in protein powder, talk to animals, dress like a shark from time to time, or believe that dolls have mystic powers, you're going to get a lot farther in life than the "normals."
First impressions don't pair well with alcohol.
There's always that one girl (or guy) who gets sloppy drunk during the first cocktail party at the mansion, making a total fool of herself. A drink or two to take the edge off might be tempting, but when those cocktails start to multiply, you're going to have a bad time. After all, you shouldn't need a buzz on to hang with your soul mate.
If no one likes the person you're dating, there's probably a good reason why.
If there's one thing America can agree on, it's our feelings toward the villainous Bachelor or Bachelorette contestant (Hellooo, Corrine in the first few episodes, am I right?). Why does the villain always make it way further into the season than she should? The bachelor or bachelorette always writes off the crazy behavior at first, going completely against everyone's advice. Learn from the bachelor. Listen to your friends.
Play the long game.
Let's be real, announcing that you'd be a great bachelor while you're trying to win the heart of the bachelorette isn't exactly playing your cards closely. (Remember Ian on Kaitlyn’s season?) Nick allowed himself to be vulnerable and get his heart broken (twice) before assuming the high and mighty role of the Bachelor (and soon-to-be Dancing With the Stars contestant). Sometimes it's just better to take it slow with the end goal in mind.
When someone asks for forgiveness, give it to them.
Even if you think that person is full of B.S., it's better to smooth things over on the surface and then start to distance yourself from harm or hurt. Of course, forgiveness from the bottom of your heart is always preferable. But at least you'll come out feeling like a better person.
Don't take yourself too seriously.
Let's face it; we've seen some pretty crazy dates on The Bachelor. When's the last time you've gone on a first date in a helicopter to the Golden Gate Bridge? Or danced in a live, choreographed K-pop concert? The people who can laugh at themselves and go with the flow are the people who usually end up at the finale.
When you like someone, tell them!
The three-day rule is bogus, especially in Bachelor terms. If you feel a connection with someone, tell it to them straight. Life's too short to waste time wondering what could be or what could have been. If there's one thing we learned from Corinne, it was this. Be proactive about your own happiness!
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