Flirting, dear reader, is an art (:
The object is to subtly let the man of your interest know that you are interested in him, but while making sure he is never fully certain of that fact.
That will be his goal with you as well, if he is experienced in the art of flirting.
The mechanics include making eye contact, smiling strategically, and gentle touching (of course this must not be overly~aggressive or forward and invasive).
“Flirting recruits all domains of skills: intellect, body language, creativity, empathy. At its best, flirting is high art, whether you’re vying for a soul mate, manipulating a salesman, or just passing the time.”
One fascinating potential viewpoint has even elevated flirting to the level of rocket science ;):
According to some evolutionary psychologists, flirting may even be the foundation of civilisation as we know it. They argue that the large human brain – our superior intelligence, complex language, everything that distinguishes us from animals – is the equivalent of the peacock’s tail: a courtship device evolved to attract and retain sexual partners. Our achievements in everything from art to rocket science may be merely a side-effect of the essential ability to charm.
In fact, it may even make you healthier as well:
“Studies have shown that people who flirt of a regular basis, generally have a higher white blood cell count. This suggests that these flirtatious individuals have a stronger immune system and may be better equipped to fight off infections.”
Flirting is all about keeping the other person guessing, curious, and slightly off-balance. You want to leave them unsatisfied and wanting more, dear reader.
Above all, one must not be too serious with it, or it will ruin the mood and make flirting unenjoyable or impossible.
Of course, there are certain places and situations in which flirting would be in bad taste (i.e. the workplace), so it must be done with discretion
Likewise, it should be light-hearted and while gentle teasing is permissible, you must be careful that it doesn’t come across offensively.
Flirting is all about being playful and two people enjoying themselves.