You wouldn’t believe the options you have available to find your next, perhaps, best friend. Here are the top 5 ways to meet new friends you may not have thought of:
Volunteer for a Cause
“Volunteering helps build your self-esteem, it forces you to connect with others, and it gets you outside of your normal routine.”
You never know who you’d meet along the way while volunteering, chances are, you’d meet a like-minded person that also cares about other people.
Tip: HandsOn Bay Area is a website that contains all the volunteering opportunities you can check out, such as habitat restoration, cleaning, preparing food, etc.
Socialize at the Gym
The gym may be a weird place to meet new friends, considering a lot of people go workout and not talk. But some people would actually want to have a partner they could go to the gym with. I for one would love to have a gym buddy to workout with. Sometimes, being an introvert, I feel awkward going to the gym alone, but having the courage to go up and talk to someone will definitely boost that self-confidence. So start signing up for classes at the gym and try to talk to at least one new person each time you go there.
Meet Someone Online
When meeting someone online, you have the ability to talk to anyone around the world, not just by limiting your city or state. Reddit is a great place to meet new people, from commenting on memes to answering forums. PlusOne Social is a mobile app specifically for finding friends and going to events with. Another great platform is Instagram, as you can comment on user’s photos and message them. I have made plenty of friends via Instagram because we all share the same passion: food and coffee. So if you’re thinking of a conversation starter, start off by commenting on how their feed is and go from there.
Tip 1: When talking to someone online, be aware of who you’re talking to. If the user is being disrespectful, you can report the website/app owner and report the user.
Tip 2: If you decide to meet in person, first do some research about them. For example, you can check their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles. Also, make sure to meet them in a public place like a coffee shop and tell one of your close friends/families about when and where you are meeting them. A great tip provided by Eric Ravenscraft, he mentions in his article that:
“Before you head out, set up your smartphone to share your location with your friends or family.”
Another way is to try calling/video chatting before meeting in person, so you know who you really are talking to. If you feel something is wrong when hanging out, go with your gut instinct and tell them nicely you have to leave. Your gut instincts are usually right if you can sense something is off.
Walk your Dog
This is my most favorite conversation starter. You wouldn’t believe how many people would stop and pet your dog and ask you about your dog’s breed, name, age, etc. I’ve witnessed many people “aweing” and squealing of how cute the dog is and would go up to the owner to ask if they could pet the dog. From there, it is your chance to meet new friends, have a conversation, and perhaps ask if they own any dogs of their own!
Below is a video of how effective the experiment is when someone owns a puppy.
“Attend some of these events and try to sit next to someone who might be looking for a new friend too.”
It really is as simple as that. It’s likely that you are not the only person that is looking to socialize. You can start warming up by talking to a person that is less intimidating first. You probably wouldn’t want to sit next to a group of friends who all know each other, but you want to sit next to someone who you think would love the company as well. From there, you can make the conversation going by complimenting them about their attire, ask about their day, and then tell them something about yourself.
The top 5 ways to meet some new friends are volunteering for a cause, meeting someone online, socializing at the gym, walking your dog, and attending events. Each step may build your self-esteem to force yourself to talk and come out of your comfort zone. A little “Hi”, or a compliment can go very far!
Let us know if you have tried any of these ways to meet new friends, or are going to give them a try. Now, go out there and start making new friends!
Good luck! 🙂
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