« Friendship takes a while to develop, but life goes so quickly. Friendship is a flower that the wind blows about and too often uproots. » Eugène Cloutier
6 Tips on how to make friends as a grown-up
1. Give a new activity a go
It’s simple, but you don’t often think about it. Finding yourself a new hobby is the ideal time to meet new people. In order for it to work, you have to combat your shyness and be open-minded. Say hello to everyone, be smiley, ask for advice, speak about your life and what you're passionate about, etc. Over time, you’ll see friendships develop and will soon be doing things together!
2. Combine friendship groups
What could be simpler and more effective than mixing together friendship groups in order to meet new faces? Organize evenings out with friends you already have and ask them to bring their friends along too. Do this again and after a while, bonds will be formed. That said, it is a problem not to have friends?
3. Get out of your comfort zone
It’s too easy to go home and peacefully go about your little reassuring routine, but people won’t be waiting for you outside your front door. To meet people, you have to make the most of all opportunities to do something new. If your work colleagues suggest a game of badminton, say yes. If you are invited to a night out, but you don’t know anyone, say yes! Basically, accept invitations from people as often as possible. Your life will be exciting, and you will definitely be able to make new friends.
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4. Make the most of social media
You have many friends on Facebook that you don’t know or don’t meet up with. But what if you suggested going out for a drink with one of those people for once. It’s easy and what’s more, you have nothing to lose!
5. Keep your eyes peeled
What if your future friends are already around you? At work, in your favorite café, on the subway, look around, show an interest in the people surrounding you. Build relationships with people you have things in common with. This is a great way to establish sincere friendships.
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6. Join the gym
If you want to expand your circle of friendships, the gym is one of the best places to do it! It's a great way to meet potential friends and burn calories too, so what could be better? Plus, it will encourage you to discover new things and introduce you to people with fitness as a shared interest. After a busy day at work, you'll definitely look forward to meeting up with your fit bunny crew.
Editor’s opinion – Keep in contact with the new people you meet
Now that you have met new people, you’ll have to work on these friendships. Make space in your diary, organize nights out, catch up from time to time. Don’t let these new relationships fall by the wayside.
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