6. Join your local gym
Yes, it sounds like a cliche but it works. Personally, I love a solo workout but it can keep you isolated and limit your training, despite you believing otherwise. When you work out with others, not only will you learn a lot of new exercises but you will meet a lot of new and interesting people. And some of them will really inspire you to push yourself. However, you don’t necessarily have to lift weights if that’s not your thing. You can join a kickboxing class or a zumba class to have a great workout and meet some excellent people. You never know who you might meet out there and that person just might inspire you to become the next fitness model on Instagram.
“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.” – Jim Henson
7. Get online
Today there are tons of friendship apps out there that allow you to meet new people from your neighborhood and from across the world. Apps like Bumble, Meetup and others help you to connect with people who have similar interests or live in your city. You can also use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find old and new friends. Although approaching strangers online can be a bit awkward, but if done right, this can lead you to some great friendships that might last a lifetime. You can also search for like-minded people online by checking out hashtags that you find interesting or related to your hobbies and passions.
But that’s not all!
Here are some other quick tips on how to make friends when you are already an adult:
- Try out new things and experiences
- Visit new clubs in your city
- Connect with the coworkers you like
- Reach out to your neighbors
- Join a meet-up group and participate actively
- Join a book club in your locality
- Start or join an online group
- Take part in a sports league
- Get a dog and go for a walk at your local park
- Connect with other couples and parents
- Find and attend networking events
- Take a class to pursue your hobbies
Nourish your friendships
“Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant.” – Socrates
A friendship is like nurturing a plant. You need to water them everyday to keep them healthy and thriving. Once you have created new connections, it’s imperative that you nurture and invest in the friendship. Make sure you keep in touch with your friends regularly and spend enough time with them. Share your stories with them, listen to what they want to share with you. Show an interest in your friend and what matters to them and watch how easily you build a deep and lasting friendship with an amazing and caring person.
Time to get out and make some new friends.