Have you ever wanted to meet new people and feel more connected?
Here are some tips to help you make new friends.
- Accept all invitations, even if it doesn’t seem like the kind of event you’d enjoy. You never know who you’ll meet!
- Appreciate that friendships are built over time. Don’t share major confidences too soon with a new friend. Pushing for intimacy may drive people away.
- Accept that we’re all different. Demanding that others share your beliefs and behaviours could limit the variety of friendships you make.
- Show that you are a trustworthy and positive friend. Use optimistic and encouraging conversation and don’t gossip about others.
- Take any opportunity to socialise. Invite people to attend activities you have organised instead of always waiting to be asked.
- Use your existing network of family and friends to meet new people. Ask if you would be welcome to attend one of their social events.
- Focus your attention on other people and outside interests. Worrying about yourself and how you are feeling prevents you from connecting with others.
- Watch others who seem to make friends easily. Adopt some of the same techniques they use. Confidence comes with practice, so give yourself a chance to rehearse.
- Show you’re interested in others. Ask questions about their life and interests. It will keep the conversation flowing.
- Nurture old and new friendships. Give people in your life the time and attention they deserve.
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