If you have recognised you want some new friends but are not sure how you are going to make them, you are in the right place. It is all about staying true to yourself and keeping things simple. The following how to make friends in 5 steps will make you more open to meeting new people and developing them into rewarding and real friendships.
How to make friends in 5 easy steps
Step 1: Make eye contact and start conversations
This can be a difficult step if you’re not used to doing it but soon it will become habitual. Everywhere you go start conversations with anyone you meet. This includes someone serving you at a supermarket, someone that holds a door open for you, someone in the work staffroom – anyone and everyone.
Step 2: Ask people to hang out
Be brave and make the first move. Ask your colleague to go for a walk at lunchtime, ask the mum you always see in the playground round for a cuppa and ask the lovely lady you met recently if she would like to catch-up. Although a scary thought you will actually make their day. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Step 3: Sign up
Do that thing you’ve always been meaning to do..Join the club, start the blog, have more nights out, exercise more. If you are happy and getting out more you will definitely meet new people and potentially make new friends from them.
Step 4: Be open minded
If you are looking to make new friends you need to be open minded about where you will meet them and who they will be. You can have an idea of the types of people you want in your life and you will be more likely to attract them but you cannot be completely restrictive. Be open minded to new types of people, people who are different from all of your other friends and you. It’s likely that you will find completely new people more interesting, engaging and exciting.
Step 5: Leave earlier
Making friends is an unpredictable game. You never know who you’re going to meet and when, so you need to ensure you have enough time should the opportunity arise. If you’re rushing around late you will naturally be in a negative mindset, stressed and unhappy you are not going to meet anyone even though potential friends are surrounding you constantly. However if you are going about your life in a calm, organised, happy, relaxed manner you will have more time to notice people around you and opportunities to make new friends.