Have you ever wanted to meet new people and feel more connected?

Here are some tips to help you make new friends.

  1. Accept all invitations, even if it doesn’t seem like the kind of event you’d enjoy. You never know who you’ll meet!

  2. 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.

  3. Accept that we’re all different. Demanding that others share your beliefs and behaviours could limit the variety of friendships you make.

  4. Show that you are a trustworthy and positive friend. Use optimistic and encouraging conversation and don’t gossip about others.

  5. Take any opportunity to socialise. Invite people to attend activities you have organised instead of always waiting to be asked.

  6. 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.

  7. Focus your attention on other people and outside interests. Worrying about yourself and how you are feeling prevents you from connecting with others.

  8. 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.

  9. Show you’re interested in others. Ask questions about their life and interests. It will keep the conversation flowing.

  10. Nurture old and new friendships. Give people in your life the time and attention they deserve.

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Last updated: May 2012

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