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You spend a large amount of time with the people you work with. You likely know a great deal about one another.
Consider inviting one of your co-workers to do something non-work related.
Make a list of people that you would like to get to know better.
Consider extending an invitation and see what happens.
Don't shy away from invitations. If someone invites you to do something, accept the invitation.
If you are unable to accept, make an effort to do something else together instead.
Strike up a casual conversation with the person next to you.
Then, chat and say hello each time you see each other at the gym. It might be the beginning of a friendship.
Churches are a great place to meet new people and make friends. There are usually other opportunities of involvement, such as a Bible study, volunteer opportunities or a weekly potluck.
After you have made a few connections, stay in contact.
Reach out regularly to your new friends. Call or text. Show an interest in the things that are important to them.
Decide when you are going to ask someone to do something together.
Schedule these initial contacts to ensure that you won't keep putting it off.
The purpose of social media is to connect people.
If a friend posts something that interests you, reach out and make a connection. Use social media to organize get-togethers.
Expand your horizons and try new things: for example, an art class or a dance class. It will open up the possibility of making friends in new and interesting places.
Meet-ups and other networking events are a great way to meet new people who share the same passions.
Learn to notice opportunities for potential friends.
We let many friendship opportunities pass us by because we feel awkward or too shy. Instead of small talk, invite them for coffee and get to know them.
Friends provide a comforting sense of stability and bonding. A defining feature of friendship is that it's voluntary - it's a relationship of great freedom that we hold on to only because we want to.
The downside of this freedom is that the lack of formal commitment and the pressure of other commitments can cause a friendship to fall by the wayside.
Having a weak circle of friends carries the same risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Researchers suggest that the core factors in a happy life are the number of friends, the closeness of friends, the closeness of family, and relationships with neighbors and co-workers.
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