One thing people rarely talk about when it comes to adulthood is how hard it can be to actually make friends as an adult. You are no longer in school with people your own age; spending every waking moment surround by your peers, so it can be hard to make friends especially with people your own age. Because I know this can be hard I wanted to create a list of some of what I consider to be the top 6 ways to make friend as an adult.
- Networking: This can be a great way to connect professionally with people, but it can also be a great way to make friends because traditionally these kinds of events are all about making connections with those of similar interests. What better way to try and find friends than an event where people’s main objective is to connect.
- Work: Work is another great options to find friends as you get older because you spend so much of your time with these people that relationships will start to grow and form naturally over time.
- Alumni Groups: These may not be something many of us think about, but alumni groups can be a great way to make friends because you already share a set of core memories about your alma mater with these people. Having those shared memories can really help break the ice, and help you to form lasting friendships that you may not have started while you were in college. I know this one has really been amazing for me, and has allowed me to connect with members of other classes, and reconnect with those I went to school with.
- Church: Now church isn’t for everyone, but if you are religious, church can be a great way to meet people because more likely than not these people fundamentally have a similar belief system and structure to you. Additionally a lot of churches really try to get younger people involved so their will be more opportunities for you to socialize and get to know people.
- Community Groups: Community minded or focused groups are another great way to meet new people, and to make friends primarily because you join these based on interests so the people in them are already sharing your same interests, and that in many cases serves as the basis of a good friendship.
- Volunteering: The last way I really recommend to make friends as an adult is through volunteering. Similar to community groups when you volunteer with other people you are already sharing similar likes and dislikes which can really help to establish a great foundation for a friendship.
If you are an adult looking to make new friends, and you try or have tried any of these techniques then I would love for you to let me know.