3 Tried-And-True Ways To Make Friends
Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.” We’ve all heard that song before, but some of us may not have been able to “keep the old.” As we age, friendships can fade and physical distance can be a factor, affecting our ability to stay connected. While there’s nothing like a friend who knows all about you, sometimes it’s necessary to venture out and make new ones.
These are three great suggestions for how to proceed.
1. There's an app for that!
If you're technologically inclined, join a friendship app (no romance involved) such as Bumble BFF or Friender. There are at least a dozen or so out there, and some are especially suited to those with certain interests.
2. Ask your pals if you can be included when they plan activities with other people. The friends of friends can be amazing.
3. Join! Volunteer!
Look into a faith group, craft circle, book club or local political organization, or take a class at a community college—the list is virtually endless. Make a friend while also pursuing an interest. One way to do it is to check out Meetup.com, a social networking site with many interest groups.
No one is saying making friends is easy. But remember: All old friends were once new ones. You can’t have an old friend until you’ve first welcomed that new buddy into your life.
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This article originally appeared in Relax & Radiate Crate's mini magazine, The Girlfriend From AARP mini magazine (Volume 2, Fall 2021).