It's a scientific fact that having lots of friends helps keep you healthy. Here's how to add to your social circle.
Step 1: Join a group Join a group that interests you. You could work on a political campaign, sign up for a class, do volunteer work, or become a member of a club like a hiking group.
Step 2: Make the first move Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Keep it simple, like inviting the person to grab a cup of coffee with you.
TIP: Join a group In the beginning, don’t call or email your new acquaintance more than he or she does you. You want to be a pal, not a pain.
Step 3: Be interested Focus on being interested, rather than being interesting. Research shows that when people are allowed to talk mostly about themselves, they give high ratings to their conversation partner!
Step 4: Do a favor Listen with an ear toward what you can do for the person you’d like to befriend. Doing someone a favor—without being asked—will fast-track the friendship.
TIP: Do a favor Don’t be afraid to reach out to old friends who have faded from your life. Sometimes a renewed friendship is the most rewarding of all.
Step 5: Throw a party Throw a party that includes all your friends, old and new, and encourage them to bring friends. As a wise man once said: make new friends, but keep the old—one is silver and the other’s gold.
FACT: According to a British study, the average person will make and lose 363 friends in a lifetime and end up with 33—six of whom could be described as 'best friends.'