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Ways to Make More Friends

Updated on October 4, 2011
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Good friends are like gold. You need to do a bit of mining to find some. That’s why it can pay to make more friends. Some should turn out to be treasures. Good friends make life richer.

Here are several ways to make more friends.

Reconnect with Old Friends

Friends from growing up and from school are old friends and often make the best friends. It’s easy over time and distance for old friendships to fade. To make a lot of friends you can start by reconnecting with your old ones. It can be tremendous fun catching up with people you really liked in your youth.

Pay More Attention to Family Relationships

Our closest relationships can be with family members so family is a potential pool of friends, too. To make a lot of friends look to your immediate and extended family for those who share your values and interests in life. Family can be one source of very good friends.

Make More Friends at Work

You’ll meet people at work who have various goals: to survive, to succeed, and unfortunately some who are not above exploiting others. To make a lot of friends at work caution is key. Focus on finding people who are trustworthy and really care about people besides themselves. They are out there; you just have to look carefully. Show a sincere interest in the welfare of people at work and some will respond. Just make sure that their motives are good ones and that they are good people.

Make More Friends around Home

Your local community is a good potential source of friends. Join PTAs, community service organizations, political parties, and religious groups to make a lot of friends, if that is your style. Or form your own local groups around book discussions, hobbies, parents of your children’s friends, or issues you feel strongly about, like the environment. You should be able to make some good friends in your community via these methods.

Make New Friends Online

Web 2.0 technologies have led to an explosion of social networking and bookmarking sites. It’s easier than ever to make a lot of friends online. Use the social network sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to connect with friends from your local area as well as from your schools. You will be able to make new friends through old friends, but be careful of the scammers and exploiters out there. Not everyone cares about your best interest.

Manage Relationships and Time

It will be a challenge to manage your time and the relationships involved as you make more friends. That’s why the social network sites are so popular. You can communicate and keep up with many friends with brief daily visits to your favorite social site(s). Monitor your time, though, so that you can nip any addictions in the bud. You want to maintain control over your time and life.

Take it Easy

You should not rush into a large number of friendships in a short time, especially with people you don’t know well. Committing time to developing friendships is important and you won’t be able to do justice to anyone if you try to move too fast with many people. It takes considerable time and effort to make a lot of friends, especially good ones whom you can trust. Let others earn your trust. Don’t assume others are good people just because (hopefully) you are.


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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Great hub - I takes a friend to know a friend ;0)

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      jfay2011 6 years ago

      good hub. the old saying, meet new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold

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      marellen 6 years ago

      I like this hub and you hit all the avenues where someone can make more friends. We as people need to open ourselves up more and remember that not everyone will be that 'best friend' but not everyone needs to be either.

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      NiaLee 6 years ago from BIG APPLE

      I do agree with you and your hub is a jewel full of sounded advice. The main point I need to sharpen in my case is making the right choices. I am very often torn apart because my appearances and my origins play tricks on people: they assume that I should be a certain way, be some kind of stereotype I am really not. The people who inside are more like me get confused. For now, the web is great because people get to know me through my thoughts and this is so, if they like my writings they like the real me...not that image that confuses people a lot: I am pretty much like that old lady who suddenly starts breakdancing!

      Childhood friends, yes, I just realize that a lot really don't care about others, so, i let it slide. The few good friends I have are so precious beings... i thank the Universe for making us meet and stick together. Love and peace on everybody.