HOW TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Hi Friends,
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Since our mission is to inspire you to live your best life, in addition to all the fun hangouts that we organize for you, we also launched a series to bring you pro-tips on relationships and wellness to help you live your best life.

For this first one, we are kicking it off with the answer to the most asked question: how to make new friends.
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We have been there – it's no secret that making new friends is strangely difficult. It doesn't help that we now live in a world in which interactions are increasingly digital and fleeting.

While it's easy to believe that a single encounter can spark a deep connection, the truth is that friendships are built over time, through repeated interactions and shared experiences.

Think about your closest friends. Chances are, these are people you have known for years, with whom you have shared countless experiences. While you may have hit it off immediately, it was likely the time spent together that solidified your bonds.

Shared laughter, inside jokes, and mutual support all contribute to the sense of familiarity that underpins a strong friendship.

So, how can we apply this to our own lives?

Here are three actions you can take now to make new friends:

Show up. Find those who share your interests and celebrate your quirks. Easier said than done, right? Actually, it is easy, because we took care of this part for you. We do all the heavy lifting to find compatible small groups for you, so all you need to do is say yes to the hangout to meet them.

💙 From friends in the community, "Don't be picky about the activity. The benefit is in meeting the people that show up."

Be curious. It's ok if you don't feel an instant connection when meeting someone new – instead of withdrawing, reach outward. Be curious, be engaged, and ask questions.

There is something interesting and new to learn from everyone, and every interaction is an opportunity to expand your horizons. It comes full circle more often than you think.

Be consistent. Don't be discouraged if you feel like you didn't make a new best friend after one interaction. Allow relationships to develop naturally over time – true friendships take time to grow.

The more hangouts you attend, the more familiar faces you will see. We do this on purpose to give you opportunities to build upon prior interactions and create more shared experiences.

💙 From friends in the community, "The best way to benefit is to attend as many as possible."

By embracing the role of familiarity in forming bonds, we can cultivate more meaningful connections in our lives.

And remember, it's okay if you don't feel connected with someone you meet the first time – true friendships take time to grow.

Cheers,
‍Wowza Hangout

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