In childhood, making friends was as simple as showing up to school or the playground. In college, things got a bit trickier. And by the time you reach full-fledged adulthood, it can be virtually impossible to make new friends. When it comes to connecting with new companions as an adult, it’s about putting yourself out there in settings where others are also looking to connect. Here are ten ways to make friends as an adult.
Join a local Facebook group
Facebook groups have definitely evolved since they were first introduced. They’re a wonderful vehicle to connect with people in your area with whom you share common interests. From local parenting groups to gamer groups to fitness groups to groups geared towards business owners, Facebook is a pressure-free way to connect with likeminded people.
Take a class
Another easy way to connect with other adults is by enrolling in a class in your community. Many libraries and community centers offer free and low-cost classes to residents.
Enroll in school
If you’ve already been wanting to go back to school and your finances and schedule permit, you should definitely make that move. Few things help you to bond with others like navigating rigorous coursework together. You may only be classmates for a few short years, but the bonds can last a lifetime.
Industry friends can double as companions and business contacts. They can serve as a source of motivation as you continue to advance in your career and it’s also nice to connect with someone who also understands the ups and downs of your field. A great place to meet others in your industry is through local networking events.
Join nearby mommy playgroup
When you have small children, it’s fairly easy to meet new people. Many parents, especially those who don’t send their kids to daycare, are always looking for opportunities for their children to interact with other kids. A quick Google or Facebook search can help you to locate mommy playgroups in your area.
Join a book club
If you’re an avid reader, it might be helpful to connect with fellow bookworms by joining a local or virtual book club. It’s always nice to be able to discuss a great book that you’re reading with someone else who has also read it. Through these conversations, you may find that you also have other shared interests.
Join the PTA at your kid’s school
If your kids are too big for playgroups and you have the time, another easy way to connect with others is by getting involved at your children’s school by joining the PTA or other parent groups. That way, you can invest in the school community while also meeting new people.
Get to know your co-workers
While this is not advisable in every work environment and you should definitely proceed with caution, co-workers sometimes make the best friends. When you spend nearly 9 hours together each day, it’s hard not to become close to some colleagues. Of course, you’ll always want to be professional when necessary and you should definitely think twice before exposing extremely personal information, co-workers can make great companions.
Go to church
If you’re a person who attends church already, this can also be a helpful avenue to meet others. It’s easy to feel isolated when you’re a lay member, but getting involved can help. Many churches have an array of different clubs and ministries to choose from. Consider signing up for one that suits your interests and abilities.
By giving back to your community, you help others, you feel good about the work that you are doing, and you are also able to get to know other people in your neighborhood. You can familiarize yourself with the volunteer opportunities that are available in your area by visiting your city, town, or county’s website or by using a platform such as Volunteer Match.