My friend project: How I made a new friend in two hours
Have you ever seen someone coming towards you and you thought to yourself ‘now this is going to be someone I get on with?’ It is said that we get a seven second window to form an opinion of someone so it is important to make sure it’s a good one. Anyway that happened to me on the day before New Years Eve. I was being wing-woman for a friend and the guy she was meeting happened to be out with his wing-man brother. Well, me and the brother pretty much ignored them two all evening and had the best time.
It was one of those long conversations with someone where you just agree on everything! We were twinning on where our lives are at, what we like to do, the types of people that we are and everything in between. We had many ‘YASSSS!!’ moments of pure appreciation that we were exactly on the same page. As the evening went on we decided we would spend New Years Eve together the next day because well, why not? It got me considering the important qualities that we must have in order to make new friends.
Top 5 ways to make a new friend quickly
1. Look for opportunities – No matter where you are, if you’re surrounded by other people it is an opportunity to create conversation and potentially make new friends.
2. Greet others with a smile, eye contact and a hello – These three things may seem simple but are absolutely essential to making a good first impression.
3. Be open – When having conversations with new people don’t be afraid to share information about yourself such as personality traits, things you like and dislike and open up on your opinion of things. IT’s great to be really open and be confident about who you are and what you stand for.
4. Be spontaneous– Be spontaneous, take risks and make plans with your new friend. Swap social media handles if you’re not comfortable giving your number straight away. Stay in contact, learn more about them. Take a risk and invite them out again (side note: obviously don’t put yourself in any danger; meet in public places etc – you know the score!)
5. Enjoy the journey – Enjoy the whole journey of making new friends. It is fun and it is exciting and that’s what life is all about.
It turns out we had the best New Years; it was eventful but hilariously funny and I expected nothing less. I’m very grateful to have met such a wonderful person on the last day of 2017, a very fitting end to my original friend project.