It can be difficult to make new friends as you get older or if you have moved to a new place, but here are 12 ways to make new friends no matter who you are.
1. If you want to make new friends then you need to get out of the house. You will never meet anyone new just staying at home. Once you are out you will realise that others are looking to make new friends just like you.
2. You shouldn’t have the mindset that everyone else has friends. It is very rare for friendships to continue throughout a person’s life, so there are always people looking to make new friends.
3. You need to engage with people, so speak to new friends at least once a day or meet up for a coffee or lunch. This is how you are able to maintain friendships with people and strengthen the bond.
4. You shouldn’t be scared to reach out. Once you have met new people, give them a call sometime.
5. You need to overcome any rejection and understand that it isn’t personal. Another individual’s life might be chaotic already or they feel that you clash too much. This is normal, and shouldn’t discourage you from making new friends.
6. Friendships take time to develop, so try not to be needy or expect too much at first. You need to be interested and honest so that the friendship can strengthen with time.
7. You need to make friendships a priority and make time away from family and work to dedicate to them. Having a close friend is vital and creates happiness. Create the time for friends.
8. If you have passions then you should pursue these by either taking a course, lessons or joining a gym. Anything that you’re passionate about is worth doing. These activities will also keep you in contact with the same people and friendships will form.
9. A friendship starts with the simplest exchange, whether it’s a question or a smile. They will start as acquaintances, but as you get to know a person it becomes more natural.
10. If you spend more time on your computer, you may be able to turn these online friends into real ones. See if any live in your area and suggest meeting up, but remember to be safe.
11. If you chat to people at work, but only see them at work, you could invite them to have lunch with you. This allows you to chat to them on a personal level rather than a work one.
12. Making new friends will take time but once you start to engage more with people, you will be able to make more and more new friends. It’s all about taking the first step.