In all my years, I have learned that life becomes much more sweeter when there are people to share your life experiences with. And of course, those special life moments with.
But making friends, sometimes means that you have to put yourself out there. Making friends comes naturally for some people, but not to everyone. And as we get older, it seems that making friends becomes a little harder.
The great news is that there are ways that you can connect and reach out to others.
Here’s . . .
How to Make New Friends
Your family and friends can help
Your family and friends know you best, so if there are people that they know that you would get along with, then ask them to hook you up with those people.
Having shared interests with someone is one of the best ways to connect and share experiences and activities with. It’s also one of the good ways to form a foundation for friendship.
Initiate a conversation with the person next to you at the gym
If you go to the gym, use that to your advantage. Start a conversation with the person next to you. You can talk about fitness, or what they are doing besides gym to make them look so great. Maybe you are in the same workout class, ask them how they are finding it, how long have they been doing the class, are they using other fitness machines etc.
Attend community events
Start attending community events, and meet people around your community. These could be music festivals around your area, or perhaps it’s a walking event. It can even be a entertainment event. Just find out what events they have, pick the ones you like and make plans to attend them.
Join a running group
Like running? Perfect, join a group with that common interest. If you don’t like running, join a swimming group, or a chess group or whatever group you like. It doesn’t matter what group, it matters that you join something that you are interested in so that you can start mingling.
Use the internet
Nowadays there are groups that connect purely for friendship. Meetup is one of those things that is great for meeting other people with similar interests. Just take a bit of time and do a search on friendship groups or groups brought together by a similar interest and start mingling.
Say hello to your neighbour
This seems very obvious, but I know people that don’t even know their own neighbours. If that’s you, now you have a great way to want to know your neighbour. Just go to their place and say hi. Take some cake, or some wine to break the ice . . . bottom line, just go and say hello.
Find something that you are passionate about and volunteer. Not only will you meet people that care about the same things that you care about, but you will be helping someone, and that feels great.
Host a seminar
There are bound to be things that you are better at than most people, and that could be something that you host a seminar on. Whatever it is, you can use it to bring people together and meet people. After the seminar, you will be able to mingle with those that attended and learn more about them.
Go to a concert alone
You need guts for this one, but people do it all the time. I have also done it. It’s a great way to confront the fear that you may have about meeting people, and you can talk to whoever is around you. You already have something in common with them, just use the band that’s playing as a conversation initiator.
Everyday presents an opportunity to meet someone, if you look hard enough. Whether you are getting groceries, or you are at the bank or whatever else you are doing, you are almost always around people. Just be friendly, have a smile on your face and be approachable. Make the first move . . . what’s the worst that can happen?
There are a lot of ways to meet people, if you just look. Unfortunately, they need you to be brave and to take that first step. You can do it . . . !