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Top 10 Places to Make New Friends
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TOP 10 PLACES TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Looking For New Friends? Check Out The Top 10 Places to Make New Friends

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Life is all about human connections. Are you missing out? Whether your old friends are bringing you down or you just want to add to your happy circle, there are always new friends out there to be made. In fact, the whole world is just a big ball of strangers, all waiting to be your friend!

If you want to make new friends, first you have to be honest with yourself about who you are and what you like to do. If you don’t really like spending time looking at art, don’t go trolling for friends at an art museum because you think that’s what you should like. If you dislike crowds and loud music, then the friends you make at a music festival are probably not going to have much in common with you. Weirdly enough, knowing yourself is the first step in meeting other people.

START MAKING NEW FRIENDS

That said, there is definitely power in numbers and you have a better chance of making some friends at a party of one thousand than you do at a library with three people in it. Some social situations are more conducive to friend-making, like times when the focus is on having fun as opposed to a serious event. When people are in a good mood, they are more likely to be open-minded, talkative and willing to chat up strangers.

You have to be willing to talk to strangers as well; if walking up to a big group of laughing people intimidates you, then start off small and say hello to the person standing by herself at the buffet. She’ll be happy that someone said hello and presto! You’ve just made a friend.

Above all, be patient with yourself and with other people. It is one thing to meet ten people at a party, and quite another to meet ten people whom you want to hang out with and spend some time getting to know. It takes time to develop real friendships, and you must make an effort. Don’t be the person who whines, “You never call me!” when you yourself haven’t picked up the phone in a month.

TOP 10 PLACES TO MEET NEW FRIENDS

Strangers everywhere are waiting to be friends with you! Here’s where to find them:

1. Live Music Shows. These events are lively, fun, and filled with open-minded artist types who never mind making another friend with whom to share their passion. Smaller, more underground events are more conducive to friend-making than giant concerts.

2. Traveling Alone. When you travel alone, you WILL make new friends- and they will be bold and gutsy just like you!

3. Bars. Like it or not, settings soaked in the social lubricant of alcohol produce people who are happy, chatting, and willing to talk to strangers.

4. Dog Parks. These outdoor locations are full of single people who come only with their pooch- so they will be looking for another human to talk to. Get a dog and make some friends!

5. Outdoor Festivals. Music and art festivals, whether out in the desert or down a city street, attract fun-loving types with open minds about new people, as well as plenty of time to mingle and heaps of conversation topics all around.

6. Dance Clubs. Dancing makes you happy, and dance floors are a great place to meet friends who are down to have fun and party with new people.

7. Churches. If the party scene is not your thing, find plenty of polite and welcoming new friends at the denomination of your choice.

8. The Internet. No one can deny the friend-making power of online social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and online forums; screen people first and get to know them a bit before meeting them in the “real world”- at a public place, of course!

9. Classes. Sign up to take a class to explore one of your interests, whether it is Indian cooking or knitting or skydiving, and meet people that already share some of the same pursuits as you.

10. Parties. Cliché but true, parties are chock full of people who are probably there for the same reason as you- to make new friends! Just start by saying hello!

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Shilo Urban is a freelance writer who has just relocated to Los Angeles after her previous homes of Seattle, New Zealand, Paris, Maine, and Austin. She is an active member of the West Coast electronic music community and lives to promote the art that she loves and the people who create it.



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