Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Four Ways to Meet New Friends

Making and keeping friends as a military spouse can be difficult. With constant moves and reassignments, you never know where you're going to be next and as adults, we're not always great at making new friends. It's not as easy as it was when we were kids - you can't find your new best friend in your first class of the day.



Since making friends is much more difficult as an adult, I thought I'd share a few ways that I have made some great friends in my adult years. I'm no expert and I'm certainly not a pro at meeting people and making friends but I can safely say that over the past couple of years, I have managed to build quite the support network that stretches across the country.

Get Involved
My first piece of advice is to get involved in the community where you live. This could be attending a class at the local library or going to a town event. Getting involved will allow you to meet new people who have the same interests as you.

Through an Acquaintance
How often have you heard someone say "oh we met through so and so"? Often times, this is exactly how we meet new people. Invite your friends and acquaintances to do something and encourage them to bring a friend or two. You might be surprised at how well you hit it off with a friend of a friend.

At Work
Work is truly a tricky one when it comes to meeting people. You spend a lot of time there (typically 40 hours a week) so it is certainly a huge part of your life and therefore a great place for meeting people. You might have to be careful about becoming too close to your coworkers depending on your job. If this isn't a concern though, I recommend inviting a coworker or two out for coffee to see if you get along outside of the office.

Online
Having trouble meeting people in person? I recommend seeking out online friends. While you can't grab an actual coffee with a friend, you'd be amazed by the power of a virtual coffee date. Some of my best friends are ones that I met online and talk to daily.

What tips do you have for making friends as an adult? We'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

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1 comment:

  1. I definitely struggle to make new friends as an adult. Dan is the youngest at his office, by a lot. I think maybe a new person has finally started who is slightly younger. My best friend has suggested I join Junior League. I might apply for it this year.

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