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7 Lessons in Love from Disney Princesses

February is all about romance, isn’t it? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re all thinking about our relationships. Valentine’s Day is so much sweeter when you have someone to treat and be treated by. Cue the woo-ing. If anyone knows how to woo a prince, it’s our favorite Disney princesses. These gals seem to get the guys, and there’s stuff we can learn from their winning ways. From Rapunzel with her frying pan, to Cinderella with her disappearing act, there is some solid relationship insight to be had in these ladies’ stories, if you just pay attention. Here’s a few fun, funny and possibly surprising ideas for how to woo your Valentine like a Disney princess.

Be Sure to Smile2755821When you don’t have anything nice to say … smile! Ariel had literally nothing to say, because her voice was stolen. But rather than make a show of weeping, she made a good impression with a winning smile. This tip comes in handy when you are a fish out of water and find yourself on HIS turf for any length of time. A smile is a powerful tool.

Believe in Love2755826Trust your gut. You may be in an unlikely place, with an unlikely partner, but your own heart is familiar territory. Nobody wants to be wooed by a princess who spends all her time predicting how and why the relationship will fail. If you don’t believe in the magic, then why should anyone else?

Be Skeptical, Not Cynical2755828Tiana is no fool. She’s not gullible. She knows what she wants, but she isn’t cynical. She’s willing to suspend her doubt for just long enough, but she’s going to require proof. Her practical “show me the money” wooing-style gives her prince an instant agenda to work off of. He’s got to get his story straight, present it to her, and convince her. Who’s wooing now? Well done Tiana.

Don’t Be Shallow2755829Belle’s wooing magic has to do with her uncanny ability to see right past physical flaws and into the Beast’s soul. She KNOWS him. He knows she knows him. Not only does she know him, but she lets him know all the good she sees in him – good that other’s are too shallow to see. She’s got some deep soul-searching wooing juju that works well on the broody types. Just be sure they really are beauties at the core and not beasts through and through!

Let Nature Take Its Course2755830Sometimes one thing leads to another, and it would be so easy to question it, wouldn’t it? Or … like Pocahontas, you could accept that nature has a plan. There’s so many patterns in nature and so much beauty. I call this the organic woo. It’s refreshing, because it is the opposite of controlling. This may be the wooing technique that works for you if you are the earthy type.

Take a Second Look at the Boy Next Door2755831Sometimes the object of your wooing-affection is so close, you can hardly see them. How do you go from brother to lover status without taking a super long nap as the result of an evil spell? It does help to take a break. When you come back with fresh eyes, you may find that your former third grade best friend is a lot hotter than you remembered. How did you not see it before? Woo ON!

Don’t Be Too Transparent2755833Cinderella was full of secrets and surprises. She literally disappeared, leaving nothing but her clear slippers behind for the prince to track her down with. Cinderella’s genius wooing strategy was tapping into the urge we all have to solve a mystery. Here’s this girl who’s clearly not a diva, dressed in royal garb. Then poof! … she’s gone? There’s no way that prince is forgetting her. She wasn’t calculating about the mystery, just a bit reserved. This really worked for her, and it could work for you too. Save your life story for later; end your date on a cliffhanger.

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  1. ejiro

     /  February 9, 2014

    Nice write up

  2. Oh Walter, this is good stuff mehn!

  3. ceanafrique

     /  February 9, 2014

    I like this,Wally! It really got me thinking….

  4. Cassie

     /  February 9, 2014

    Yeah it got me thinking too. Thanks Walts..

  5. Reblogged this on ogesrandomramblings and commented:
    Ladies FYI! Lol

  6. Anu

     /  February 9, 2014

    Nice one Ah Boy! Took notes 🙂

  7. Folu

     /  February 9, 2014

    ok na. i trust this magic tips will work wonders for me this valentine. Am good to go Wally.

  8. Folu

     /  February 9, 2014

    Wally, Wally, Why do I think you never seem to trust my sense of humour?. #Lolling, rolling eyes. And yes no denying it, i got a mighty flair for ‘sarcasm’ just like you. *tongue out* hehehehehehe.
    (i hope am allowed to do ‘indecent stuff’ here ooooo). Please no mind my bad mouth abi na bad heart. You rock, Wally!

  9. Folu

     /  February 9, 2014

    ok, maybe what i meant to say is that guys these days are as unpredictable as weather. I thought women were the guilty party cos of PMS blues and all that.. nearly able to change colour (position) or metamorphose when you’re least suspecting. owing or showing no loyalties and able to disappear like vapour without any prompting. Lets just say the task of ‘hooking’ a man in this time and age takes more than merely wishing or willing it and am actually wishing myself a lil more luck! No sarcasm or pun intended.

    Great work Walter and do keep them rolling.

  10. hmmm…walter the love specialist.
    nice insights you garnered from these classics…

  11. Yemie

     /  February 9, 2014

    Wow Walter, you’ve just added a new feather to your cap and the title of ‘The Love Doctor’ to your resume. This piece right here’s creating magic from the magical world of fairy tales and you did it so magically well. Its an enchanting piece and the counsels and admonitions are so dead-on.

    Brotherly, your head dey there jo, nice one and I’m sooo sharing. Kudos!

  12. You just made me smile, you sappy romantic, you…


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