Some tips for making new friends include joining groups of people who share your interests and inviting co-workers or neighbors to events. Mixing business and pleasure is a good way to make time for new friendships; find things that need to be done, like shopping or going to the gym, and invite others to join you.
Making friends, especially as an adult, is easier when people have the same interests. Strike up a conversation at a favorite place, such as the library or bookstore, local coffee shop or nearby dog park. These people already share a similar interest, making it easier to find things to talk about. It also makes it easier to find people to connect with on a personal level.
Trying new things can also help you to meet new people and possibly start new friendships. For example, volunteering at a local animal shelter offers the potential to meet new people while also helping others. Joining a local club or gym, or taking a class, is another great way to meet adults.
Don’t be afraid to spend time with familiar people who aren’t necessarily friends yet. For example, ask the neighbors if they want to have a block party or invite some co-workers out after work for drinks. This helps avoid the awkwardness of approaching strangers.