Whether you’ve lost touch with your high school buddies or just moved to a new area and have found yourself feeling lonely, you may be looking for some new friends.
As a child, making friends is easy, through school and social gatherings, however as an adult, things can be a little more difficult. Our social interaction can be fairly limited, especially without the starting point of already knowing someone, so many adults actually end up experiencing symptoms of loneliness.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Making friends can be easy, providing you take into account the most effective tips that can help you on your way to social success.
Friends aren’t only important for the purpose of keeping you company. Having true friendship in your life can be a key aspect of your path to happiness.
Having close friends can sharpen your mind, help develop your social skills, encourage you to get to know and understand yourself better, inspire you to reach your goals, further your career, lead to potential new friends or romantic interests and even help you live a longer life.
Furthermore, you will also be less likely to experience mental illnesses such as chronic stress or depression, due to the fact the support of a friend can help you deal with a wide range of negative or difficult situations.
Psychology today suggests a few obvious yet helpful tips that will allow you to broaden your horizons and hopefully make a new friend in the process.
Simply Turn Up
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Eighty percent of success is showing up’? Woody Allen’s quote can be applied to many things, including friendship.
When presented with an opportunity to attend a social event, take it. It’s that simple. Make the effort to interact socially and you’ll be able to make the most of the exposure. You’ll meet new people and get to know your acquaintances better.
Plus, the more you go out and attend social gatherings, the more likely you are to develop friendships and associations with the same people you see at them regularly.
Join or form a Social Group
No matter what your main interest in life is, chances are there are people out there who share it. A quick flick through a local magazine or an online search will show you any groups that meet in your area relating to your favorite topic. Once you’ve found one, there’s nothing to stop you joining in. You’ll meet like-minded people who will be all too happy to discuss your passions with you. If there are no groups in your area, why not start one? You never know, there could be others just like you, waiting for the opportunity to meet people with similar interests.