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Don't worry about being rejected, or that you might not be fun enough.
Be open and inviting.
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.
Make a list of people that you would like to get to know better.
Consider extending an invitation and see what happens.
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.
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.
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.
One study found that volunteers who thought they were liked shared more about themselves, disagreed less, and had a more positive attitude. Other research found that, on average, strangers like us more than we realise.
These studies remind us to go into new social events assuming people will like us.
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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