Adults need new friends, too!

Making new friends is an expected part of childhood. But is it only for children? If you have found yourself alone and seeking adult interaction, get out and find some new friends! Using these helpful suggestions, you can meet new people with ease!

Find a common ground. Do you remember your first day of school? You looked around the room seeking to find someone with whom you might have something in common in hopes of making a new friend. Not much has changed! Whether you are at work or a local event, look around and find something that you have in common with someone else, such as a particular brand of purse or a runner’s watch. Are they wearing a charm bracelet? Ask them about the meaning of the different charms. Find a common denominator between you and another person and build on it!

Volunteer. Find a group that is accepting volunteers and sign up to help! You will be helping out a great cause and meeting new people at the same time. Pick an area that you know about or have a passion for, so there will be an immediate interest for you and your potential new friends! Check local schools, libraries and churches for volunteer positions!

Join a club. Most areas have civic clubs, so call your local Chamber of Commerce and find out about adult clubs in your area. Once in a club, volunteer to help out as often as you can. Be an active member! Look for clubs that are personal, too, like a book club or a sewing club.

Look online.  Sometimes people with similar interests get together for meetings or chat sessions via the internet. This does not have to be local! Find a forum about something that interests you or gives you passion and chat with the members.

Most importantly, be yourself! Your potential new friends will get to know you, so be yourself! Do not try to be something you are not. If you do not like reading, don’t join a book club. If you dislike running, do not go to a track looking for new friends. Join activities that actually interest you.

Adults need interaction, too. Surround yourself with others who have similar interests, and you will be surrounding yourself with great friends!

To your continued success, CHEERS!

Cynthia Kelsey

Sandra Vint

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