Let’s be honest; developing and maintaining good friendships take effort. Yet, as we get older, it becomes harder to keep friends around, let alone make them; in many cases, like mine, if you have moved to another city or country, the simple thought of making new friends can be pretty stressful. Thanks to technology, we don’t feel as lonely as we used to; however, it puts us in such a comfy zone that we have no interaction with the outside world when we realise it. Unfortunately, these days friendships have been taking the back seat when it comes to the many priorities of our day-to-day life.
Learning is a sharing experience, which means it needs a second part to be effective. Studies have proven that adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many significant health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Also, it has been found that older adults with a rich social life are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections.
Today we are going to break through this cycle in order to bring more balance to our life, keep good health and share our learning progress. I want you to take a few moments to think about important memories of your life. Take a second to bring back a memory where people who were there made all the difference. I know that sometimes people hurt us, but I believe with all my heart that the number of people who loved us and made us happy is far higher than the numbers of those who did otherwise. So, let’s do it, pause here and think about before you move to the next paragraph.
Can you see how people are some way, somehow essential to your life?
Don’t you want to look back 20 years from now and bring back some good memories from the present time?
This week commit yourself to make a mental decision to put more effort intoUnfo meeting people and connecting to the outside world. Here are a few tips on where to start:
- Volunteer: Offer yourself to work for a few hours at museums, charitable shops, community centres, hospitals.
- Attend community events: Google events around your area, where you meet people with the same interests and hobbies. You have no idea how your cycle of friends can grow just by doing some good deeds.
- Take up a new interest: Even if you do online classes, taking a college or community education course can help you meet people with similar interests. Alternatively, you can also join a class at a local gym.
- Join a faith community: The religious community often gathers together and encourages people to meet up, so you open yourself for this opportunity even if you don’t have any religious background.
Above all, make a conscious decision to feel good about making and being with friends. Suppose you decide that this is too much for you. In that case, that’s okay too, but constantly reminding yourself that maintaining a friendly attitude can help you improve the relationships in your life and sow the seeds of friendship with new acquaintances.