Whether you are moving because your job has moved to a new city or you just want a change of pace, many people find it difficult trying to meet new people when they get to a new city. If only we were all natural friend magnets, we would be fine!
Here are 5 of the easiest ways you can make new friends in any city you relocate to.
1. Take a Class
No matter how old you get, there are always classes being offered that can enhance your life or help you get in touch with your creative side. Look at the community college or the library to see what sort of classes are being offer. Some shops offer classes to their patrons, too! These classes will introduce you to like-minded people, so you will definitely have something to talk about.
2. Socialize with Co-Workers
We get it, you see these people 8 hours a day, you don’t necessarily want to hang out with them after work. With this way of thinking, you may be missing out on some interesting people! Sure, Jane in HR is really dull to talk to in the break room, but she may be a riot once she steps away from the desk. Plus, if you become friends with a co-worker, you may actually look forward to going to work every day.
3. Carpe Diem!
As an adult, you have to seize the day and make the most of every minute. You know how you used to flake out when you were invited to a party or a group outing when you were younger and in your old city? Now is the time to pull up the big kid underpants and get out there and do something (like keeping those plans to check out the new hookah lounge with the neighbor).
4. Be Open Minded
You may have always befriended people that had similar views as you. You wouldn’t normally associate with the athletic crowd, but since you’ve moved to a new city, you can shed those old habits and ways of thinking and embrace the new. Join a gym and take a few classes. Not only will you be getting in shape, but the people in the class could help motivate you and even become a new work out partner. There are so many different types of people out there, it doesn’t hurt to broaden your ideas of what a friend should be.
5. Remain Positive
Trying to make friends in a new city can be a challenge, especially if you tend to be pretty quiet around new people. You will probably encounter some people who you cannot see yourself being friends with and you may even encounter people with bad intentions. Don’t give up hope though. As we grow older, it can be a little more challenging to make friends, whether you are in a new city or not, but it isn’t hopeless. After all, there’s bound to be a few people who you click with!