We all have a natural need for friends. They help us to enjoy life and relieve feelings of loneliness. They can help us reduce stress and improve our health.
When you’re going through time of difficulties, having good friends around would be especially helpful because they can make all the difference.
In this article, I share with you how to be social and make new friends quickly.
Before going further, let’s talk about where to meet people.
Where to Make Friends
Go to places: Now, if you want to meet people and make friends, you have to go out to places where people are gathered or go to places where you have fun. For instance, Church, shopping places, local bookstore, concert, parties, learning places, workplace, political meetings, sporting events, participate in sports, or you can make friends over the internet.
You may find it hard at first if you’re not used to social contacts, but pushing through those hard feelings can make a big difference.
Just let yourself be seen and let people get to know you.
Do volunteer work: The quickest and easiest way to learn how to make friends is to perform voluntary work. One benefit of volunteering is that it connects you with others especially if you’re new in the neighborhood. The good side to this is that you get to meet new people who have a common interest as you and make friends alongside.
Join support groups: This is also a great way to meet people and make new friends. It could be people with the same issues that come together to provide each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice. Here also you get to meet people who have similar interest as yours.
Interact With New People
Part of being social is that you get to meet new people. For instance, when you hang out with a friend you already know, you get to make new friends through them. This is the power of being social. The trick here is to get an active and healthy social life, and your friends can introduce you to their friends.
Remember: The more social you are, the more people you’ll meet.
I’ve written a post on how to be social in detail. But to reiterate, I talked about the interpersonal skills you have to possess to expand your social life and make new friends.
I touched on having a good attitude to get people to like you, being polite and smiling at people in order to raise the energy level of an interaction.
I also mentioned taking into account your personal hygiene, dressing neatly and smelling nice in order to project the right image and get people to hang around with you.
Having a good communication skill is also vital here. Not to mention being confident – mastering the courage to meet new people and make friends.
And lastly, working hard to keep the social interaction with others going. And the willingness to meet new people and keeping in touch with them via phone or email.
Now it’s time to make some friends.
How to Make Friends
Now that you’ve met people through clubs and you’ve socialized with them, it’s time to make some friends.
1. Get their contact information: When you meet someone, collect their phone number or email. If you meet someone you think you want to be friend with, don’t let that person go without collecting his or her contact information. Because it’s the best way to get in touch with that person.
2. Don’t hesitate to contact them: Now that you have the person’s contact information, don’t waste time contacting that person. If you have anything fun to do, invite them to join you. You can also chat with them on the phone.
3. Be patient: Building up a good and healthy relationship demands some patience. When you call or text someone to meet up and that person can’t make it right away, you need to bear with that person. Since you already have the contact, you can keep in touch and invite them to other activities.
4. Get to know their friends: The best way to make friends is to meet people through people you’re already friends with. Once you’re comfortable around them, ask them to introduce you to their friends. Especially when they talk about their friends. Just say you would like to meet with their friends.
How to Make People Like You
Now let’s talk about how to make people like you.
First you need to become genuinely interested in other people. You may also want to give smile at them, it makes them feel more connected.
Be a good listener and encourage others to talk about themselves.
Don’t criticize them and don’t complain either. Give an honest and sincere appreciation.
Make them feel important – and do it sincerely.
I hope this article has taught you how to make friends.
If you follow the tips above, you should be able to easily meet new people and make friends. It works for me, and it can work for you too.
Just don’t expect your friends to be perfect. Every person is different. You just have to accept them for who they are.
There are lots of ways to make friends, so don’t limit yourself to only one idea for meeting new people.