Tips for Adults to Make Friends
You’ve never been a social guru, and you are probably aware that you are not good at meeting new people. The number of friends you have has been going down ever since high school. If you would like to add someone new to your life, here are some tips that may help you to make friends as an adult.
- Start with the People You Already Know
Everyone has a couple of people that we know on a “hi-bye” basis. You could call them acquaintances, but you’ve never entered a real conversation with them. These people can be your neighbors from the building that you meet in the elevator or coworkers from other offices and branches.
If you have problems meeting new people, how about trying to upgrade the relationship with people you already know? The next time you meet your neighbor, use a simple conversation starter. It can be a game you watched tonight, the weather, or a topic related to the building.
It can be even easier to start a conversation with coworkers because the chances are you have plenty of work-related topics to discuss. Use the next break to ensure that you have at least a couple of minutes to establish a bond.
- Take Part in Social Events
You may be too old to hit the clubs and go to parties, but these are not the only social events out there. If your family or friends are having a birthday party, make sure to show up and be friendly. You also want to visit corporate events, housewarmings, and any other events you are invited to because opening up is an important part of meeting new people.
If you don’t get frequent calls to participate in social events, how about signing up to volunteer? You can help those in need and do a good deed while meeting new people. Alternatively, you can volunteer at sports, music, and other events in your community.
- Sign up for a Course
It is not only about meeting new people but finding those who share similar interests. The odds are you will find them at a course or workshop. These courses can be a great opportunity to upgrade your knowledge while getting to know many individuals interested in the same topic as you.
Feel free to choose any course or workshop that seems intriguing. If you are an artistic person, sign up for a pottery workshop. But if you are more into computers, you should consider a programming or web development course.
- Meet People Online
You are not that great in initiating contact in-person, so how about doing it from the comfort of your home? Meeting people online is an excellent method of establishing a bond before you meet with the person.
We are not talking about dates, although you can try that, too. You can find online forums on topics that interest you or start a blog and join the online community. The idea is to initiate contact with others by adding value to the discussion.
While you are online, don’t hesitate to consult with others on how to meet friends and restore harmony and balance to your life.