Do you want to make new friends? If you do, you’re not alone. There are lots of reasons why people want to make friends, such as;
- They moved to a new city and they don’t know anyone yet.
- Most of their friends moved away for work or University.
- They have been in a long term relationship for a long time and they let their friends drop out of the picture.
- They feel like they have nothing in common with their current friends.
- They used to enjoy being alone, but now they often feel lonely and they would like someone to reach out to.
- Whatever your reason, it is easy to make friends if you try. Here 6 tips to help you make new friends.
1. Think About What Kind Of Friends You Want
Before you get out there and try to actively make friends, it can be useful to think about why you need new friends. Do you want someone to go out dancing with at the weekend? Do you want new friends because you are lonely? Do you want a friend you can go to the gym with? This will help you to decide where to look for new friends, so that you find the right people for you.
2. Spend Time With People Who Have Lots Of Friends
One of the easiest ways to meet new people in a relaxed setting is to hang around with someone who already has a lot of friends. Think about your current friends and acquaintances; do you know anyone who is a social butterfly, or who is popular in certain circles?
3. Look For Friends At Work Or School
The people you spend the most time with are normally work colleagues or classmates. Do you already have a connection with one of your classmates or colleagues, such as a shared interest in spots? If so, make the effort to ask them to hang out after work. If that idea makes you feel nervous, you can take the pressure off by organizing a group hangout with your colleagues or classmates.
4. Join Meet Up Pages And Social Networks
Have a look online and see if your city has a meet-up page. Most cities do, and people can join these pages to go to meet-ups with other people with shared interests. For example, my city offers a meet-up page with different categories for different people, including “nights out and drinking”, “book lovers” and “freelancers.”
5. Don’t forget to keep in touch
We often meet people who we get along well with, but we don’t follow up on the connection. If you meet someone who you get along with, make the effort to get their number or add them on social media. This way you can speak further – you could even arrange to meet up.
6. Look Back At Your Old Friendships
Most people have an old friendship that has faded, but they would like to re-start the friendship. Think about your old friends; do you miss any of them? If so, take the initiative to get back in contact with them. It is likely that the other person feels the same way, so this is an easy way to form a friendship.
Do you have any other tips? Let me know with a comment!