he ladies that make up the Disney royal court are more than just pretty faces adorned in crowns and beautiful dresses. They are ladies that embody characteristics that many of us strive to embody ourselves. They are kind, brave, and determined - brimming with hope and so much more. And while they might live a life that seems extravagant, to them life isn't just about dinglehoppers and royal balls; it's about following your dreams and creating your own happily ever after. For a majority of these princesses, their journey to their happily ever after included love. And if you watch their stories, there are lessons in love we can learn from each of them. Click through for 7 dating do's and dont's from the Disney Princesses!
Ariel | DO choose who makes you happy (even if others disapprove)
Many of us know Ariel for her beautiful voice, stubborn nature, and obsession with dinglehoppers, but it was her strong-headed ways that helped her find love. Ariel was fearless and not afraid to see what was beyond the sea. Had she been too afraid to leave her castle, she might have never met Eric. Ariel followed her heart despite her father's inability to understand. It is a lesson that many of us can learn from. Not everyone is going to approve of the person you fall in love with. Perhaps like King Triton, they'll come around, but maybe they won't. Even so, in the end it's important to do what makes you happy. It seems being with Eric made Ariel's heart sing, so that's who she chose.
Belle | DON'T judge a book by its cover
Belle was an avid reader and a true testament to the fact that one must never judge a book by its cover. When it came to Beast, she took the time to get to know him for who he was and disregarded the fact that he was a hairy, er, beast. Who he was turned out to be just perfect for her. Belle reminds us all not to be so hung up on looks that we miss out on a good thing.
Cinderella | DO be memorable
Sure, there may be a lot of fish in the sea, but what makes you different and special? Don't be afraid to shine. Perhaps you have a beautiful gap-toothed smile or a great sense of humor. No need to hide the qualities that make you, well, you. The right person will see them for what they are - beautiful facets of you as a person. Out of all of the fair maidens at the ball, Cinderella was the one that the Prince could not get out of his mind.
Jasmine | DON'T be in a relationship just for the sake of being in one
Princess Jasmine was in no hurry to get married. She didn't hesitate to pass up on a guy knowing he wasn't what she wanted. As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait. Jasmine waited and eventually found everything she wanted in Aladdin. There's no need to be with someone for the sake of being in a relationship. By doing so, you might be so distracted that you miss out on Mr. Right.
Merida | DON'T be afraid to choose you; it's okay to be single
Despite Merida's parents' wishes for her to be betrothed, Merida was very vocal about her desire to not get married. She stood her ground and in the end, decided that marriage wasn't for her, at least for now. This is a very important lesson that every person needs to remember during the dating years. Just because you choose to be single for a while doesn't mean you're any less of a person - it means you're strong enough to be by yourself.
Pocahontas | DO look for love in unexpected places
Pocahontas and John Smith were from two completely different worlds, and yet they saw something in each other. They were intrigued by one another and a relationship blossomed during the course of their time spent together. Sometimes people miss out on a great love because it didn't appear in the "package" that they thought it was supposed to appear in. Be open to love no matter what form it comes to you in.
Mulan | DO be who you are - quirks and all
Unlike most of the other Disney princesses, Mulan was not known for being graceful. She was courageous, outspoken, and remained true to who she was despite it not being in line with the expectations placed upon her by her culture and her family. When Mulan went to see the matchmaker, she may have been dolled up but her true clumsy qualities shown through. And even after being deemed unfit for marriage, Mulan stayed true to who she was. The right person for you will love you for who you are whether that is graceful and demure or outspoken and slightly clumsy, just as Li Shang loved Mulan.