Relationships and Friendships

To meet new people who might become your friends, you have to go to places where others are gathered. Don’t limit yourself to one strategy for meeting people. The broader your efforts, the greater your likelihood of success.

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For example, try several of these ideas:

1. Attend community events. Get together with a group of people working toward a goal you believe in, such as an election or the cleanup of a natural area. Find a group with similar interests in an activity, such as auto racing, gardening, reading or making crafts.

2. Volunteer. Offer your time or talents at a hospital, place of worship, museum, community center, charitable group or other organisation. You can form strong connections when you work with people who have mutual interests.

3. Extend and accept invitations. Invite a friend to join you for coffee or lunch. When you’re invited to a social gathering, say yes.

4. Take up a new interest. Take a college or community education course to meet people who have similar interests. Join a class at a local gym, senior center or community fitness facility.

5. Take a walk. Grab your kids or pet and head outside. Chat with neighbors who are also out and about or head to a popular park and strike up conversations there.

Above all, stay positive. You may not become friends with everyone you meet, but maintaining a friendly attitude and demeanor can help you improve the relationships in your life and sow the seeds of friendship with new acquaintances.