Get out there!
Making friends or connections at work or even for leisure, isn't always the easiest thing to do as an adult. Some people are so bogged down with work, that they barely have time to do things for themselves. Others have families that require most of their time and energy. Then there are some folks that have lots of free time, but just can't seem to find the right path to open a conversation with someone new.
Socializing is so important to a healthy lifestyle that even the Mayo Clinic boasts the benefits as an important life habit. So, how do you fit it in if you are really busy or just don't know where to start? We have some ideas that aren't as daunting as you might think.
Just say hi! Even the busiest person can say, "good morning," or "hello." Doing this a few times with people that work in the same building or move in the same circles, allows you an opportunity to segway into "Hi, I dont think we've formally met. I'm ____." That's a great way to start!
Invite someone lunch or for an activity. Busy people always say they don't have time, but everyone eats! Lunching with someone is an easy and brief way to get to know someone. If you aren't clicking, no sweat! You aren't obligated to stay since you do have to return to work!
Volunteer for group activities or create your own! Is there a charity event that your child's daycare is sponsoring? Sign up! Is your office participating in an earth day clean up? Sign up! If you don't see options like this, start a walking club, lunch hour book club, trivia team, etc. Just post a sign up sheet in a conspicuous place and see what happens.
If you are still struggling with making friends, try working at a shared space! People love to make friends at places like this. If they didn't, they would chose a private space or work from home.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and make some new friends!