It doesn’t matter if it is a new or old friend, both can take effort, especially in an ever-changing world, but the joy that friendships can bring may make it worth the work you need to put into it. The hardest part could be planning on making new friends or reconnect with the old ones. The basic foundation of all relationships is friendship. Whether it’s a relationship with your spouse, children, coworker, or neighbor, the company will form the relationship base.
Making new friends can be challenging and intimidating, but in the end, it’s gratifying. Friends are converted into family and automatically start being a big part of our life. They are our ride or die, who walk through life together, celebrate our ups, and cry our downs. Friendship gives sense and meaning to the good things of life. We need them to evolve and grow.
Some ways to make new friends:
· Join a book club
· Start a conversation in a fitness class
· Join local groups on social media
· Join a trivia team
· Partner up with your kids’ friends parents
· Attend your local city council meetings
· Get to know your significant other’s coworkers
· Volunteer for good causes
· Hit up a bar solo
· Travel Solo
With all the family responsibilities, career changes, and moving to different cities, it can be frustrating that someone who was always there every day hasn’t texted you in over a year. Navigating how to reconnect with a friend can be tricky, but it shows how strong a friendship is when you can bring someone you love back into your life.
Some ways to reconnect with old friends:
· Plan ahead
· Be confident and make that first move to reconnect
· Send Family Christmas cards
· Make a phone call or send a warming text message
· Social media -look for them on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
· Once you find them- Ask to meet up in person
· Go somewhere where know you’ll run them in person
· Be persistent but not over-eager
· Make contact with similar friends
Friendships are meant to connect with others and establish bonds. Building friendships helps with confidence, reduces stress, teaches coping skills, and has a sense of the meaning of belonging. Good quality friendships can help in reducing health problems such as anxiety and depression. It’s vital for our emotional well-being as well.