Life is changing every day and there is no guarantee that the friends and people that are in your life now will be there with you tomorrow.
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People move, unexpected events can occur and you may end up on your own. Maybe you are the one that has relocated due to work or personal circumstances – and you don’t know anyone in your new area.
So how do you meet new people and expand the circle of people around you?
Here are ways to get yourself out there and meet new people.
1. Get To Know Your Neighbours
Be open and say hello to the people in your neighborhood, apartment building or office.
You never know where a friendship might blossom.
2. Join Sporting Activities
This is a great way to do something you enjoy and meet like-minded people.
Joining a sports team or club will allow you to go to events that you find interesting whilst getting fit and healthy.
3. Learn A New Skill
Join an evening, weekend or weekday class and learn something new.
Doing something you enjoy is an automatic magnet for people to get to know you as you are relaxed and yourself.
4. Find A Job
If you are not relocating due to work then get yourself a part-time or full-time job.
We spend so much of our time at work making this is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
5. Become A Mentor
Share your skills and knowledge with people who are less experienced than you are.
Sharing allows you to learn something new as well.
6. Volunteer In Your Community
Volunteering allows you to give something back to your community but also offers a unique opportunity to connect with people you may not normally meet.
7. Get Online
Get online and join some social events that are taking place in your area. Meetup.com is a great platform for meeting new people whilst doing things you love to do!
8. Organize Events
Take charge and be the organizer rather than waiting to be invited somewhere.
Organize an event to a nearby city, or maybe a house party or day out exploring – just make some plans!
You don’t have to do all the work, get people together and put new people in touch with each other.
When you do organize events, it’s likely that friends will also bring their friends which gives you a great chance to expand your ‘network’.
9. Adopt Or Get A Pet
This is a great icebreaker and a way to meet people, for example, while taking your dog out for a walk.
You can always check out what local events are running for pets, like charity walks or even dog parks. People love talking about their dogs!
It is important to remember to be patient.
Whether it turns out to be a life-long friend or an acquaintance that you speak with occasionally, friendships are built up over time with shared experiences making your relationship stronger and more memorable.
Regardless of whether you meet people via social groups or work, you have the say in how close you allow a person to become in your life.
Not everyone you meet needs to turn into a friend, some people may just be colleagues or acquaintances. The choice and control is always yours.