How to Make Friends

Let's be honest, there are times when you want to know how to make friends. You may be reading this because you are shy or unsure of how to approach a person. Maybe you are just not confident because you're afraid people may not react the way you want them to. But it is not very hard to make friends; it is just what you think that makes you not willing to do it. Continue reading to find out how!


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    Spend more time around people. Don't be mean or rude; you do not want to lose any potential friends. Be nice and friendly. If you want to make friends, you first need to put yourself out there somehow in order to meet people. If you just sit alone, friends might come to you, but that's not likely. If you're still in school, sit somewhere with other people. It doesn't have to be the "popular"/ "cool" table, or a crowded one, but one with at least two other people. Hang out with many others. The popular kids won't matter when you're older, but a true friend will be there for you forever. Remember, friends seldom come knocking on your door while you sit at home playing on your laptop. Popular people aren't always going to be mean to you. They just need to know you a little better.
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    Join an organization or club with people who have common interests. You don't necessarily need to have a lot of common interests with people in order to make friends with them. In fact, some of the most rewarding friendships are between two people who don't have much in common at all, but if you like a specific topic, try searching for just a location. It's a great way to meet new local people! Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are great way to meet new people and learn more about the people you meet. When you are chatting just say are you on Facebook? Or what is your name on Twitter? A church, Mosque, temple or other house of worship is a great place to start since you have at least have a religious faith in common. However, if you do enter a religious building, remember to be respectful in the house of their God. Just remember to be safe on the internet, you don't know who is actually on the other end most of the time. Which is good.
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    Join a sports team. A common misconception about this is that you have to be really good at playing a particular sport in order to make friends with others on the team, but not all teams are so competitive. As long as you enjoy the sport and support your teammates, joining a local team with a laid-back attitude could be a great way to make new friends. But a sports team isn't the only way. If you play instruments or sing, try joining a band or choir.
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    Volunteer. Volunteering is also a great way for people of all ages to meet others. By working together you build bonds with people, and you might meet others who have a passion for changing things the way you do (a common cause).
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    Talk to people. You can join a club, go to school, or go to church but you still won't make friends if you don't actually talk to people. By the same token, you don't have to be involved with an organization to be social, and any time you talk to someone, you have a chance at making a lasting friend. You can talk to anybody: the clerk at the video store, the person sitting next to you on the bus, or the person in front of you in the lunch line. Don't be too picky. Most conversations will be a dead-end of sorts, when you may never talk to that person again, or you just remain acquaintances—but once in a while you'll actually make a friend.
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    Make eye contact and smile. If you have an unfriendly countenance, people are less likely to be receptive to your friendship. Try not squinting (get some glasses), looking bored, frowning or appearing blankly deadpan, folding your arms (this practically screams "don't talk to me") or hanging out in a corner; such habits may make you look troubled or disinterested.
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    Start a conversation. There are many ways to do this; a comment about your immediate environment (The weather is a classic: "At least it's not raining like last week!"), a request for help ("Can you help me carry a few boxes, if you have a minute?" or "Can you help me decide which one of these is a better gift for my mom?") or a compliment ("That's a nice car." or "I love your shoes."). Follow up immediately with a related question: Do you like this warm weather? What kinds of gifts do you normally buy for your mom? Where did you get shoes like that?
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    Make small talk. Keep the 30% talking/70% listening, ratio in mind during small talk when possible. Keep in mind that this is only a general rule, and that the optimal ratio of listening to talking is dependent on room temperature, time of day, and number of conversational participants.
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    Introduce yourself at the end of the conversation. It can be as simple as saying "Oh, by the way, my name is...". Once you introduce yourself, the other person will typically do the same. Remember his or her name! If you show that you remembered things from your past conversation(s) with the person, not only will you look intelligent but he or she will see that you were paying attention and are willing to be a true friend.
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    Initiate a get-together. You can chat your heart out but it won't get you a friend if you don't open up the opportunity for another conversation or meeting. This is especially important if you meet someone who you aren't otherwise likely to meet again. Seize the day!
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    Pursue common interests. If you've discovered that the person you're talking to has a common interest, ask them more about it and, if appropriate, whether they get together with others (in a club, for example) to pursue this interest. If so, this is a perfect opportunity to ask about joining them. If you clearly express interest (when? where? can anyone come?) they'll probably invite you. If you have a club, band, church, etc. that you think they might enjoy, take the opportunity to give them your number or email address and invite them to join you.
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    Ask them out for lunch or coffee. That will give you a better opportunity to talk and get to know each other a little bit better. A good way to extend yourself is to say: "Hey, well, I've got to go, but if you ever want to talk over lunch or coffee or anything like that, let me give you my number/e-mail address." This gives the person the opportunity to contact you; they may or may not give you their information in return, but that's fine. Maybe they don't have time for new friends—don't take it personally! Just offer your contact information to whoever seems to be potentially a good friend, and eventually somebody will get in touch.
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    Don't do anything to pressure someone into being friends with you. Never chide acquaintances for failing to invite you to a party, for example; don't call someone repeatedly or stop by uninvited (unless you have established that stopping by unannounced is OK); and refrain from overstaying your welcome anywhere. In general, take friendship slowly, and don't try to force intimacy to grow quickly. The move from acquaintance to friend can take a long time. It's understandable to want more of a good thing, but try to err on the side of less. If you are not sure about the pace of your new friendship, check in with your friend and ask directly. Too much, too fast can be scary or intimidating, and not everybody is able to say "Slow down..." - instead, they may run the other way!
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    Be loyal to a friend. You've probably heard of fair-weather friends. They're the ones who are happy to be around you when things are going well, but are nowhere to be found when you really need them. Part of being a friend is being prepared to make sacrifices of your time and energy in order to help out your friends. If a friend needs help with an unpleasant chore, or if he or she just needs a shoulder to cry on, be there. If your friends make a joke, laugh with them. Never complain about a friend.
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    Be a good friend. Once you've started spending time with potential friends, remember to do your part (e.g. initiating some of the activities, remembering birthdays, asking how the other person is feeling) or else the friendship will become unbalanced and an uneasiness or distance is likely to arise.
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    Be reliable. If you and your friend agree to meet somewhere, don't be late, and do not stand them up. If you're not going to make it on time or make it at all, call them as soon as you realize it. Apologize and ask to reschedule. Don't make them wait for you unexpectedly; it's rude, and it is certainly not a good way to launch a potential friendship. When you say you'll do something, do it. Be someone that people know that they can count on.
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    Be a good listener. Many people think that in order to be seen as "friend material" they have to appear very interesting. Far more important than this, however, is the ability to show that you're interested in others. Listen carefully to what people say, remember important details about them (their names, their likes and dislikes), ask questions about their interests, and just take the time to learn more about them. You don't want to be the guy or girl that always has a better story than anyone else or that changes the subject abruptly instead of continuing the flow of conversation. These people appear too wrapped up in themselves to be good —"one-ups-man-ship" is a put down.
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    Be trustworthy. One of the best things about having a friend is that you have someone to whom you can talk about anything, even secrets that you hide from the rest of the world. The key to being a good confidante is the ability to keep secrets, so it's no secret that you shouldn't tell other people things that were told to you in confidence. Keep in mind that recent studies show that people rarely keep secrets. Before people even feel comfortable opening up to you, however, you need to build trust.
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    Choose your friends wisely. As you befriend more people, you may find that some are easier to get along with than others. While you always give people the benefit of the doubt, sometimes you realize that certain friendships are unhealthy, such as if a person is obsessively needy or controlling towards you, constantly critical, or introducing dangers or threats into your life. If this is the case, ease your way out of the friendship as gracefully as possible. Preoccupy yourself with other things, such as a new volunteer opportunity, so that you can honestly say that you don't have enough time in your schedule to spend time with them (but don't substitute their time for time with other friends; they may notice and become jealous, and more drama will ensue). Cherish those friends you make who are a positive influence in your life, and do your best to be a positive influence in theirs.
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    Put emphasis on the good, unique qualities about yourself. Are you funny? If yes, then great, a little humor always keeps conversation light and happy, and people love to be around someone who makes them laugh. If you have a quirky, different style of humor then make sure you let them know that the things you say are in fact a joke, so that you don't just come across as simply weird. This way they will understand a bit more about you too, which could potentially spark their interest. If you are a unique person, then show it!
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    Encourage your friend: A very good friend encourages their friend. They will remain with them in both good as well as bad times. Never ever make fun or laugh at your friend in front of others. If someone is making fun of them a good friend will come to save or support their friend.
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    Be confident. Many people are not very confident. They are reserved, timid and afraid to start a conversation. Make the effort and start talking no matter how uncomfortable it feels.
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    Don't separate your friend from the rest of the group. Some people get jealous of their friends if they talk to other people or make other friends. Most people don't like it and would no longer want to hang out with you.
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    Keep in touch. Many people often times lose contact with their friends because they're either too busy, or just don't value their friends enough. When you lose connection with a friend, the friendship may fizzle out, and when you do try to contact them again, it's hard to rekindle the friendship.
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    Maintaining friendship is hard work. Make time and share your life with them. Be respectful to their decisions. Being grateful to their kindness and be flexible with their ideas. Strive to keep in contact overtime. Hope you'll enjoy a lifelong friendship with people you like.


  • Don't judge people. Try to know more about them before forming an opinion.
  • Sometimes, try to see the world in their point of view and show yours, this can really help to know more about each other and can improve friendships.
  • Be honest with them.
  • Don't stick to one person. Mingle with lots of groups so if a friend turns on you, you can fall back on your other friends.
  • Put your friends before yourself that's what real friends do and also how you keep real good friends.
  • Assume that everyone you meet will be nice. This will make you less shy to talk to them and it will allow you to be nicer as well. If they end up not liking you, it's their fault and they are missing out on what could have been a great friend.
  • Give your friend space. You don't have to see your friend 24/7.
  • Get around fun, and confident, people.
  • Give them a nice big hug when they are sad.
  • Try to make friends with someone sitting near you or with someone who looks lonely. They might really be able to use some help.
  • Be there for them when they need it. Friends are the people you can rely on when the going gets tough.
  • You don't have to be a superstar to be fun. Try to be positive and friendly so that people feel good and appreciated when they're around you.
  • Get to know that person's other friends. That way you'll not only be friends to them, but friends with his/her friends too!
  • Ask them if they have any pets and then tell them how many you have. They're most likely to ask what kind of pets and what are their names. Pets is a great and easy topic to keep the conversation going without awkward silence.
  • Think about what you say, before you say it. Close friends may become hurt or offended when you speak recklessly.
  • Make yourself approachable.
  • Remember sometimes there will be fight or disagreements can happen in your friendship, you just have to forgive and forget.
  • Treat them how you want them to treat you or else they will not be your friend.
  • Friendship is not about what you can get, rather it is about what you can give.
  • When you first meet them, don't judge them by how they look, but rather by what they are like and who they are.
  • Don't be too bossy.
  • Along with learning to entertain, try to be unique. When you have something interesting that people can learn from you, they tend to stick around and ask you questions. This is usually the case when you know a lot about something popularly known yet complex, something controversial, or something that could just spark a big debate. Some of the most interesting people you meet may have a large knowledge base when it comes to things like politics, certain religions, or unusual topics like astrology and divination.
  • Friendships require a lot of tolerance and it boils down to how much you are willing to give and take.
  • Know that this is not an exact science. There's no perfect method to getting a friend. It's a natural process, and if it happens, it happens.
  • If your friend does something (accidentally) and hurts your feelings, tell them! Don't huff or gossip about them to other friends.
  • Learn to entertain. Create a reason why people would want to come over to your place. Offer something to people that they don't already have. While you don't want a pool or a video game console to be the only reason people come over, it will give you an opportunity to socialize with people and for them to get to know you better.
  • If you have a friend who knows some good people that you aren't acquainted with, ask them to invite those people to hang out with the two of you. It is a great way to make some friends who have common interests.
  • Don't be shy. Many people will like you just the way you are.
  • You won't always find a friend right away, and that's okay. Just know that there are lots of people out there looking for a potential friend. You're not as alone as you feel.
  • Try to keep your friends in good terms with you, they say that if a friendship lasts for more than seven years then they will be friends forever.
  • Share: Remember, sharing is caring.
  • Invite your friend to come over to your home
  • Once friends keep that relationship by talking giving gifts and gaining more of their trust,do not forget that if you have things in common with that person it will be easier.Hope this helps.
  • Be reliable. Don't make promises you can't/don't want to keep. Don't ditch your friends if you get a better offer. That is what social climbers do.


  • Don't talk behind their backs.
  • Never leave an old good friend because you like someone else more.
  • Never ditch your friends.

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