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Tips For Finding Some Great Friends

Nov 18, 2007
With today's convenience and technology, it is easy (and even tempting) to live your life with little to no human interaction. Many people are choosing this route, whether they experience social anxiety or they simply want to avoid being around annoying people. But as a result, people are more lonely and isolated than they've ever been. This leads to feelings of worthlessness and depression. It is important for everyone to have friends. If you feel like you could use more friends, follow a few simple rules to start meeting people.

First of all, you need to get outside of your comfort zone. The average person probably isn't 100% comfortable with going somewhere unfamiliar, or being friendly with a stranger. Ignore your feelings of inhibition. Sign up for a class for something that you've always been interested in. Talk to your classmates and get to know them - this is how friendships naturally develop. This is just one example of many different situations you could put yourself in. You can go to the gym a few times a week, or volunteer to help at a homeless shelter. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you are around new people, and you are trying something new and adventurous.

Sometimes it can seem like you don't "click" with anyone that you meet. Usually these feelings are caused by an inability to see outside of your own worldview. You should focus on breaking down this barrier, because it is extremely harmful to your social interactions. When you talk to someone, try to imagine what their life is like, and imagine how they must see the world. When you genuinely understand where a person is coming from, you'll be much more likely to get along.

Ultimately, the only way to make friends is to get out of your chair, out of your house, and out of your comfort zone. Stop worrying, and start enjoying healthy relationships with your fellow humans.
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