Regardless of your age or place in life, it's still important to make new friends. You don't have to make the attempt to make friends every day. But, it's something to be open to whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Some people make friends very easily. They don't even really have to try; it just comes naturally. Other people find it extremely difficult. Whether they're shy, embarrassed, or just don't know how to go about it, making new friends is harder for some people.
If you fall into the second category, there's no reason to panic. Read the following tips. They're aimed at helping you make new friends without getting stressed in the process.
Start with People You Know
If the thought of meeting new people completely intimidates you, why not start out with people you know? Try reaching out to old school friends or co-workers. The internet makes it so easy to do these days. Hundreds of people reconnect every week with the help of platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.
In the event you typically refuse invitations from friends, you may want to consider changing your strategy. You never know who might show up at their event. It might even be your new bestie! If you truly want to make more friends, you need to step out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself every chance you get.
Why not try asking your friends to introduce you to their friends. After all, if you're comfortable with the friends you already have now, you'll probably feel comfortable with the people they hang around with too. I have met several friends this way.
Nobody wants to associate with a fake friend. It’s important to never change yourself when making new friends. This way, any potential new friends will get to know you for who you really are. They'll use what they learn to decide whether or not they want to take friendship with you to the next level.
Make an Effort to Really Get to Know Someone
Once you've been introduced to someone who you think is worth getting to know, take the initiative to find out all that you can about that person. True friends take the time to get to know each other, even if it's at a gradual pace. You can ask questions like:
* What are your hobbies?
* What do you value the most?
* What are your goals?
* What type of work to you to?
* What motivates you?
In addition, take the time to ask the person about his or her family. You’ll get to know more about a person and their values when you know more about their family.
Remember the Golden Rule
As unfortunate as it is, many people automatically and mistakenly judge someone right out of the gate. This is usually due to one of several reasons. Maybe it's because they come from a different background or they are wearing a particular type of clothing. Do not be quick to make assumptions.
Whatever the case, treat a person with the same level of respect that you expect them to give to you. Without respect, a new friendship doesn't stand much of a chance.
These are just a few tips to consider when attempting to make a new friend. Even if you're slightly introverted, you can still make lifelong friends with practice. Just remember to be yourself and let all of your genuine kindness and great personality shine through. You can do it!