Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations      HubGarden      Recipes

How to Make New Friends

Home > Adelaide > Misc | Fun Things To Do
Published February 6th 2012

In my experience, making new friends as an adult is one of the hardest things in the world. When I moved to Townsville a few years ago for uni, I felt like the biggest nigel no-friends for the longest time. But it can be done – you just need to be proactive.

Ask Around

If you're moving to a new town, ask your friends and family if they know anyone there. If they do, get a phone number or e-mail address and get in touch. Let your friend of a friend know that you're moving to town and ask them if they'd like to show you around.

Join a Club

What better place to meet like minded people than a club that shares your interest? Be it reading, exercise, gardening or planking, there's bound to be a group in your area. Try community noticeboards, Gumtree or Meetups.com to find an appropriate one. And if there's not, start one yourself.

Volunteer

Donating time to a worthy cause breeds instant camaraderie. The woman you do Meals on Wheels with or the guy helping you sell raffle tickets just might become your new best friend. And if not, at least you're doing something productive with your time.

Start a Conversation

Nothing venture, nothing gained, right? So make your move. Have a chat with your co-worker, the people in your classes, even the guy sitting next to you on the bus. It might not turn into anything – but then again, it might. What do you have to lose?

If anyone else has any patented tips for winning friends and influencing people, we'd love to hear them.
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  111
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? Because a good friend is hard to find
When: Any time
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I was skimming through the writers and articles on the site and for some reason I found this one really interesting. Not to sure why it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I second the part about common interests. I love camping and mountainbike riding and have made great friends doing both with like minded people. My tip for freindship is to always try and befriend the person that serves you coffee. A good conversation served with a good cup of coffee is a great escape. Just don't make them talk to so much that they get fired. This happened to me. She doesn't talk to me anymore!
by Ben Murphy (score: 1|38) 1876 days ago
I agree, Meetup is a great way. I run a group called " Random Breakfast Brunch" and we have get togethers every 4 weeks. We have people from melbourne and throughout the world and there are soooo many different groups to pick from. Check us out :http://www.meetup.com/Random-Breakfast-Brunch/
by Dani-Yella (score: 0|4) 1875 days ago
I was skimming through the writers and articles on the site and for some reason I found this one really interesting. Not to sure why it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy. I second the part about common interests. I love camping and mountainbike riding and have made great friends doing both with like minded people. My tip for freindship is to always try and befriend the person that serves you coffee. A good conversation served with a good cup of coffee is a great escape. Just don't make them talk to so much that they get fired. This happened to me. She doesn't talk to me anymore!
by Ben Murphy (score: 1|38) 1876 days ago
More Brisbane articles
Articles from other cities
Featured
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles
Categories
Lists
Questions