How to make new friends

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It’s important for all of us to have friends; people who care about us and make us smile. Whether you’re feeling lonely, starting a new school or just open to exploring new friendships, here’s how you can make new friends.

Meet other people

Joining a club, youth group, online forum or getting involved in an activity you enjoy is a great way of meeting new people. It’s also a boost to your confidence to do something you love! Do some research about what’s available in your area, and choose something that interests you. If you are unsure of where to start, ask someone to help you, or ask others for ideas.

Help other people

Volunteering in your local community can be a great way to meet other people.

Be a great listener

Introduce yourself to new people, ask questions about them, really listen to their answers and look for common ground.

Show you’re open with your body language

If you look like you’re trying to make yourself as small as possible, or you look threatening, people might not want to talk to you. Our tips on being assertive can help you practice your body language to show others that you’re open to talking and friendship.

Make an effort

Don’t wait for others to arrange something. Ask your new friends if they’d like to hang out! Invite them to take part in activities with you.

Be a good friend

Be a good friend to your new friends. Be trustworthy, listen to them, be respectful and supportive. Read “What makes a good friend” for tips on good friendships.

Choose good friends

You deserve good friends. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, and don’t pursue friendships with people who don’t.

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