How to Make Friends
I’m sure most of us have been in situations where we were the “odd man out.” This often happens when we switch to a new school, start a new job, enroll in new camp, or move to a new neighborhood. These can be difficult times for anyone let alone a child. Leaving a place where you can easily find comfort and going somewhere foreign can make you feel like a fish out of water.
Here are some easy tips to help you feel more comfortable and part of the group in any situation:
Be a Joiner
If you are moving to a new school, make sure to check out everything the school has to offer. There may be clubs or sport teams you can join, and that’s one of the easiest ways to make new friends. You obviously have some of the same interests, and you can use that as your opener. Whether it’s running lines to try out for the school play or working out together for a sport, just starting up conversation with those interests in mind is a sure way to make a new friend.
Volunteering is a great idea for making friends. When you volunteer for something you feel passionate about, you will find others you enjoy being with. You both obviously like to give back, and that’s a great way to find a friend with some of the same goals as you while feeling good about giving at the same time.
Places of Worship
Another great way to develop friendships is to become involved in programs at your church or temple. Places of worship offer so many different opportunities for people of any age. There are youth groups for younger people and various groups for adults of all ages. Through such programs, you will find people with similar values, and you can work on building wonderful foundations for your friendships.
The Right Attitude
Stay positive and confident in yourself as you strive to make new friends. What you give off makes a huge difference to others and how they perceive you. Give a good first impression by making eye contact and small talk. If you find a common interest, suggest coffee or lunch. You will be surprised by how such simple gestures can help you make a friend for life.
Remember, the most important part of making new friends is being confident in yourself. If you like yourself, you will give off a positive vibe, and others will want to like you too.
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