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How to Make Friends in a New City
Did you know that the average American moves about 11 times in a lifetime?
Very surprising and impressive, right? It is especially so when you consider that moving is a huge step and it can take a toll on one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
However, that’s not all. There’s something even more challenging than leaving your old place and friends behind.
Also, that’s learning how to make friends in a new city.
The thing is, meeting people in a new city – and becoming good friends with them – is entirely doable. And that’s what we’ll share with you today.
So, make sure you include these tips in your moving plan, and you’ll have an easier time finding people you can connect with!
How to Make Friends in a New City: Break the Ice with Your Furry Pal
After that long time on the move with your pet, your dog also deserves to make new friends with you! Best of all, your pawed pal can help you break the ice and start up conversations with other animal lovers in your new neighborhood.
This is one of the best ways to meet new people, not to mention one of the first since you’ll need those walks after a long drive.
Go to Events That You Have Real Interest In
We emphasize “real interest,” because even if your priority is to meet new people, it would, of course, be better if you meet like-minded folks.
An excellent place to start is the local community center or park district since you’ll find event postings there. There may be a concert in the park this weekend or an arts and craft market on a Sunday. Whichever type of event you fancy, try going to several of them.
App Up Your Friend-Making Ante
Technology is a wonderful thing, especially for shy people struggling with the challenge of meeting people. There are several apps that you can use right in the comfort of your own home to find men and women in the same situation.
A friendly reminder though: Pay attention to the personal details you disclose. If something doesn’t feel right, then it most likely isn’t.
A Simple But Warm Hello Goes a Long Way
Whether you go with, “hi there,” “hey,” “hello,” or “good morning,” a warm greeting can go a long way to striking up a conversation right.
For instance, you’ve been jogging for a few days now around the neighborhood, and you always pass by the same joggers. Be brave and greet them!
Remember, there’s already something you have in common. A friendly but straightforward greeting may be the only thing you need to become more than running pals with them.
Start Meeting People You Can Be Actual Friends With
There are plenty of other ways on how to make friends in a new city, but you can start with these that we’ve shared. Keep in mind though, that they may not work 100% of the time. However, as long as you have a genuine intention of meeting new people, then a few setbacks shouldn’t make you give up.
Remember, these are friends we’re talking about, so you may have to spend a little more time to spot them. It’ll all be worth it though, once you find good people you can have healthy relationships with.
Also, be sure to check our other moving tips and tricks! We’ve got more useful information lined up to help make your big move easier and less stressful.