Wondering how in the world you’re ever going to make friends? It might be easier than you think.
Here are some tips for connecting:
- Join groups: Joining a group is a great way to make friends because it introduces you to people with similar interests and backgrounds. Try volunteering for a cause you care about or joining a knitting circle. If your kids are involved in school activities, consider getting involved as well — that way you can meet other parents there.
- Volunteer: Getting out into the community helps your mood while boosting your self-esteem. Volunteering also gives you an opportunity to reach out and connect with others who share your interests and concerns. As an added bonus, volunteering can help boost your resume when applying for jobs.
- Check out Meetup and similar sites: These sites let people with common interests find each other by setting up events or meetings where everyone can socialize and get to know each other. They’re great for this because they give people an easy way to connect in person rather than starting with a cold call or email. And that’s the kind of contact that’s most likely to result in friendships.
- Reach out through a mutual connection: If someone in your network knows someone who might be a good fit, ask that person to suggest some ways you could connect. That will also give you a little introduction into how they like to interact, which can be helpful if they become your friend.
- Join your local library . Many libraries offer programs geared toward adults, such as book clubs and writing workshops. These are all great ways to meet people with similar interests and learn something new while doing it.
- Finally, look for community events that match your interests. If you love theater, attend plays and musical performances around town or go to open auditions for theater companies in your area.