The purpose of asking questions on a first date is that they allow you to get to know the person better. They also give you something to talk about to break the ice. It can be quite difficult to find things to converse about if your date is a stranger. Dating someone from work or a neighbor is much easier than the waitress you just stumbled upon a few days before. Here we’re going to give you some questions to ask your date. These are simple questions that will keep the conversation rolling while learning something about your date.

Asking personal questions about their past can give you valuable insight into who your date is at their very core. We are all a combination of our past experiences. What you’re trying to learn here are the life experiences that have played a pivotal role in who they are.

What are your favorite childhood memories?

Do you have any siblings?

Who had the most significant impact on you as a child? What did they do to have such an impact on you?

Who was your favorite teacher and what made them so unique?

Now let’s turn our attention to the present time. Try to ask them questions to see how they view their lives today. This will give you insight into their current level of happiness. It’s important that you date someone who is at a somewhat happy place in their life. They wouldn’t be dating if they were absolutely happy. True happiness comes from being in a relationship and married. With that said, it’s still possible to be single and happy. The level of fulfillment is different, and this is something that you must take into consideration.

What do you like the most and least about your job?

What do you do when you’re stressed out?

If you could snap your fingers and instantly be doing something else… What would you be doing right this very minute?

When was the last time you were happy within the past month? What made you so happy?

The future is an important thing when you’re dating. The end goal of dating is to be married eventually. Happiness is truly found when two people are together for a considerable length of time. Dating is fun, but what you’re seeking is more than just excitement. You want a partner who can balance out your life. For you to be the best you possibly can be, you’re going to need a rock-solid partner by your side. These are some questions that you can ask to know if you can build a future with this person.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Would you like to have a family someday?

What are your short term and long term goals?

All of these questions on their face seem a bit dull and maybe a little drab. The reason they are so important is that they give you a look into who the person is. You’re going to want to know these questions. Maybe some of them might be a little too straightforward for a first date. The goal is just to learn a little bit about them. You want to see if more dates down the line are worthwhile or a waste of your time.