An issue that many adults battle with is making friends. This statement rings especially true for people who have social anxiety, those who don’t have school-aged children and individuals who don’t have mainstream interests.
But having friends is hugely important to living a healthy adult life and studies have indicated that strong social ties can even affect your mental health, physical health, and mortality risk. And besides, what’s the point in having all the latest gadgets if you have nobody to show them off to and discuss them with?
Today we’ll be sharing five easy ways that adults can make friends.
1. Join a Group in Your Area
One of the easiest ways to make friends is to simply join a group in your area. Read through the listings in the classified section of your local newspaper or join your local community group on Facebook.
Groups can be built around activities such as adult coloring or book clubs. Find one that aligns with your personal interests. If you’re going through a tough time, you can also turn to support groups to help you overcome whatever it is you’re going through and make a friend in the process.
2. Do Something Different
A great way to meet new people is by doing something new. Start a new hobby or sport and pay a visit to places you normally wouldn’t—you never know who you might end up meeting!
A fun idea for the ladies is to check out events such as the best male revue in your area. This way, you’re guaranteed a fantastic night out, full of laughter and free from being hit on and showered with unwanted attention.
3. There’s an App for That
These days there really is an app for everything. There’s even an app for making friends! Platforms and apps such as Meetup exist to connect like-minded individuals and those who share similar interests.
Browse through different categories such as tech, art, fitness, and pets and attend groups happening in your area. By joining groups, you’ll be exposed to people who share a hobby or interest with you and from there all you have to do is get to know them better.
4. Enroll in an Adult Class
If you want to learn something new and have the opportunity to make friends at the same time, why not consider enrolling in a class, course or workshop for adults?
In school, children can strike up a conversation and initiate a friendship just by being desk mates with someone. Why shouldn’t adults be afforded the same friend-making opportunity?
5. Turn to Social Media
Social media is designed to help strengthen social networks and connections, so why not use this to your advantage?
Use Facebook to reconnect with old friends and make new ones by joining interest-specific meetup groups in your area. If you see a funny Instagram username that appeals to your sense of humor, slide in those DMs.
Making friends as an adult can be challenging, but the benefits of having a good friend or two in your life are endless. It’s worth a little effort.
How did you meet and make your adult friends? And do you have any of your own tips to share on making friends as an adult? We’d love to hear them so please leave them in the comments section below.