Spring is here and it’s time to do some spring cleaning, and not just in the house, but of your entire life. If you’re unhappy with your job, start looking for a new one. If you need a little oomph put into your social life, start making new friends. You don’t necessarily have to get rid of old friends, but make some new connections and expand your horizons. There are several ways you can reach out and make new friends. Here are some things to try.
1. Get Out of the House. Accept invitations for all social gatherings, including after work get-togethers, neighborhood BBQs, and family gatherings. You’ll put yourself in a position where you can make new contacts in-person.
2. Go to a Gym or Recreation Center. Any place where you can take classes and be active with other people who share the same interest, is a great place to meet people. You’ll already have something in common with these people and it can provide great roots to establish a new friendship.
3. Volunteer Your Time. Volunteering will always make you feel good about yourself. Look for opportunities where you can spend your time volunteering with others. You’ll be able to bond by your interest and devotion to a common cause.
4. Join a Sports Team. It can be soccer, basketball, softball, bowling or tennis. If you have a team of people who you regularly get together with you’ll have instant friends. Not only will you make friends with your new teammates, but you’ll have a chance to meet your opponents as well.
5. Say Hello. Simply greeting people you see in a store or on a walk in a park with eye contact and a smile can open many doors for you. You’ll be surprised how many people will react positively to your greeting. It will open up the door for further conversation.
6. Be a Good Listener. Many people are looking for new friends too. They may be hesitant to open up and talk or to make the first move. If you are a good listener you can pick up on the verbal cues given by others.
7. Make The First Move. Even after you meet someone at a party, on a walk, or on a sports team, you have to initiate something where you can get together in the future. Have a couple ideas in mind like walking the dogs together, or brushing up on your tennis serve.