Good friends are good for your health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times.
Friends can also boost happiness and, lower stress, increase confidence and self-worth and SO MUCH more 😍
But many adults find it hard to develop new friendships or keep up existing friendships. Friendships may take a back seat to other priorities, such as work or caring for children or parents.
You may grow apart due to changes in your lives or interests. Or maybe you've moved to a new place and haven't yet found a way to meet people.
Developing and maintaining good friendships takes effort.
So what are some ways to meet new folk?
You may find friends among people with whom:
You've worked or taken classes
You've been friends in the past, but have since lost touch
You've enjoyed chatting with at social gatherings
You share family ties
Ask mutual friends or acquaintances to share the person's contact information, or — even better — to reintroduce the two of you with a text, email or in-person visit. Extend an invitation to coffee or lunch.
To meet new people who might become your friends, you have to go to places where others are gathered. The broader your efforts, the greater your likelihood of success.
Persistence also matters. You may need to suggest plans a few times.
Try some of these:
Local events. Look for groups or clubs.
Volunteer. Offer your time or talents. You can form strong connections when you work with people who have mutual interests.
Extend and accept invitations.
Take up a new interest.
Take a walk. Grab your kids or pet and head outside & chat with people.
Above all, stay positive. You may not become friends with everyone you meet, but a friendly attitude and will help you improve the relationships in your life and sow the seeds of friendship 😍😍😍