In this day and age, making friends can be very difficult for an adult. In the situation we find ourselves in currently we tend to spend the majority of hours of each day at work, only to then come home and be too tired to go out. If we do go out, we’ll then tend to go out with our usual crowd of friends and to not really meet anybody new. In some cases we might even find that we are without many friends of our own even – if they moved away after school or university and you haven’t made any new ones at your work (because they’re not your age, because they’re too clique or for whatever reason). So how do you get out of this rut and start meeting people who you can make friends with? In some cases this can be trickier than meeting a partner because at least it’s understood that you’re allowed to ask people you fancy out – whereas this is considered much more unusual if you go around asking people if they want to go out with an eye to becoming friends.
Luckily there are some things you can do to solve this problem. And even more luckily – those things are all listed here for your convenience:
Join a Club or Class
A club is a fantastic way to meet people and make friends – whether this is a club for martial arts, whether it’s a book club, or whether it’s a dance class. The great thing about this is that you will be working with partners and doing fun things together such as dancing or fighting. This is the kind of thing that is bound to get you both laughing and enjoying yourselves, and you can rest assured that you will find yourself meeting contacts who you want to stay in touch with and meet outside of the venue.
Get a Dog
Getting a dog has many different benefits, but one of the best among these that people often don’t realise is that it can greatly improve your social life. The reason for this is that a dog will mean you have to go out for regular walks and by going for lots of walks you will meet other dog owners. Because dogs are so sociable that then means you’ll have to go over and say hello so they can sniff each other and do doggy things, and at this point you will be able to chat with the owner and start making new friends yourself.
Do a New Job
If you are a stay-at-home Mum or Dad then this can make it even more difficult to meet people than if you just don’t mingle at work. In this case a great way to supplement your income while at the same time meeting more people and socialising more, is to take up a new part time job. Just a few hours a week will be enough to form some fast friends.
Find People With Similar Interests
If you have a particular interest or hobby then this will provide you with a great way to meet new friends. You can either do this by regularly frequenting a forum on that subject where you will start to form relationships with the people there that you can eventually extend to a real world meet up. For instance if you like exercising you could use a forum to find yourself someone to go to the gym with or a running partner, or if you play an instrument you could use this to find some people to form a band with (there are several sites out there specifically tailored to this purpose). Likewise you can meet friends through other interests not online – maybe meeting other dog breeders at a pageant for instance, or meeting other boat owners at a yacht club.
Meet Through Friends
Finally another great way to meet new friends is through mutual acquaintances. This is a great way to meet people because it means that you have at least something in common – the mutual friend – and because it means that they have to be fairly likeable people for your friend to have got on with them. Chances are you’re on the same wave length. Ask your friends to introduce you to their other groups of friends and to let you hang out in their other groups or arrange a party and encourage you people to bring their friends etc.