Cupid strikes again – this time online

A recent study from dating website eHarmony has revealed the book choices that stimulate the most romantic interest – and it appears that I have been playing cupid, once again! 


The data shows the books and authors that lead to the biggest increase in messages received when mentioned on profiles, and interestingly yours truly spikes a lot of interest – increasing communications 74 per cent for men and 19 per cent for women.
I must admit this news made me smile. I love matchmaking, and my penchant for meddling has earned me a reputation for being a cupid-like character.


Any single person who’s been to Necker Island can attest that I just can’t help but position my bow and arrow. Whether it’s rearranging seating places at dinner, or booking guests into activities where they need to be paired up, or encouraging blushing people to take part in a bit of table-top dancing, I’m always looking for ways to encourage chemistry. Sometimes people need a little nudge to see the wonderful relationship that could develop.
I love to hear that I have played a part in writing extraordinary love stories. Last year, I was thrilled to receive an email from a man named Steven, thanking me for helping him find the love of his life.


Steven participated in a Virgin Express contest called Festival Buddy, where he was given a key word and tasked to find a match who’d also been assigned the same word at Rock Werchter. He described the task as like trying to find a needle in a haystack. However, what happened was even more special: he found Evelien – his soul mate. Steven and Evelien were married last year, 11 years after that magical blind date inadvertently engineered by Virgin.
Stories like this bring me so much joy. There’s something so satisfying and thrilling about pairing up two parties, who go on to collaborate in such a natural and meaningful way.

Richard Branson hug

Do you have a unique tale that involves matchmaking? Have I unknowingly been involved in your love story? I’d to hear about it in the comments below.


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