Getting into an argument is a choice, and it’s one you don’t have to make if you don’t want to. If someone pushes your buttons, annoys you, or is just plain rude to you today, you can turn the other cheek if you really want to. If you don’t want to, make sure your words are objective. Don’t hit below the belt, whatever you do. Cheap shots demean you far more than they demean the person you’re mad at. Don’t let them get the better of you.
Temper your straightforward approach with a lighter, funnier manner. That doesn’t mean that you have to play dumb or act like a ditz, but why push it when you’re still just getting to know someone?
Your usually high energy could have its ups and downs now, and your mood may have highs and lows, too. Before you spend time with your certain someone, find a way to stabilize a bit. Exercise or meditation, perhaps?
You finally get to a start fresh. Do as little as possible that could carry over to the future. Consider it bad karma to squeeze pennies out of any bad investments.