Developing new friendships can be as daunting as climbing Mount Everest, but a strong social network is essential to a rich rewarding life. Going through life alone is no fun - we all need someone to share our ups and down, our joys and disappointments. Don't despair if your friendship list if running low. Even those people who seem to make friends left and right were likely shy themselves and picked up the skills to make friends over time. This means that all you need is practice too! With enough time and effort, your social calendar will be full in no time at all!
Friends are more than just fun, they have a huge and lasting impact on your overall quality of life. Studies have repeatedly shown that those with rich friend networks have lower levels of stress, loneliness, and even health complications. You may be shocked to learn that lack of friends can be just as detrimental to your health as drinking or smoking. Friendships are just as important as romantic relationships. Whatever your personal situation, it is never too late to make new friends or strengthen connections with past ones. Making and keeping new friends isn't always easy but here are some helpful tips to help you out.
Some of us view meeting new people as a really scary proposition. Will I make a good impression? How will I keep the conversation flowing? It's all in your head! Remember that everybody else is too busy worrying about themselves to pay attention to you and are likely just as scared as you are!
The easiest way to connect with a potential new friend is to show interest in their feelings and thoughts. Ask lots of questions rather than spending too much time trying to get people interested in you.
It's much easier to make friends if you leave the house! Pursue interests and hobbies that you genuinely love and you'll be more likely to meet like-minded folks. The next time that you go out, give yourself a goal of talking to two new people. You'll be surprised how quickly you can become more comfortable in social situations- well on your way to becoming a friend-making machine!