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Making Friends

10 Tools to Live Your Life Well | Get Curious | Social Connection | Creating Connections | Do You Have Enough Support? | Making Friends | Strengthening Your Relationships | Getting Support from a Group

If you feel your current connections don't provide enough support, you can take steps to form new ones. Consider these suggestions:

  • Enroll in a class that intrigues you. You'll know your classmates already share a common interest (and if you don't meet anyone, at least you'll have boosted your brain).
  • Join a book group, hiking club or other group. If you want to make your entry smoother, consider contacting the group's leader in advance. 
  • Volunteer. Working together builds bonds, and helping others has its own rewards.
  • Reach out—a lot. Especially if you're in a completely new situation, like starting college, you may need to meet lots of people before finding some that suit you.

If extreme shyness or anxiety prevents you from making friends, working with a therapist might help.