Everyone speaks about how important it is for seniors to continue connecting with others as they get older. Many of these people assume that making friends at this stage is a piece of cake, but that’s not always true.
But it is true that socializing and making new friends is vital. Why? Because our relationships with others change over time and our social circles can grow smaller, leaving a void we can’t fill with just anyone.
Befriending new people and socializing doesn’t have to be a stressful experience by any means. Whether it’s new girlfriends, or new guy friends you can make it happen. Even though it can be challenging, it’s not impossible. Check out the following tips. Here’s how you can befriend others and create long-lasting connections:
Be honest about your feelings
The first thing you need to do—and this is deeply personal—is to be honest with yourself about your feelings so you can be honest with others. Are you feeling lonely? If the answer is yes, then you’re by no means alone on this. We all get lonely sometimes, no matter how big our family is or how abundant our social circle has become. Loneliness is just your brain telling you what you need: to seek others. So, allow yourself to do that!
Determine what you want in your friends
If you want to befriend the right kind of people, you need to determine what it is you’re looking for. What is it that you value most in a friend? What kind of people do you want to welcome into your life? These questions will help you be more aware about the people you befriend. You’re after quality in your friendships, not quantity.
Start with your social circle and go from there
One of the easiest ways to find people to befriend in your senior years, is to reach out to your current social circle. Reconnect with people from past connections such as college or places of employment, then use these reunions to also meet new people. Work from your inner circle outward; this will help you make your way and you’ll find amazing people like this.
This is just how you get started! Luckily for us, there are millions of people in the world and many of them are amazing. Many other people are ready to welcome new friends into their lives, which means that they’re already open to new friendships. It’s up to you to find them! And how do you do that? By facing your fears, exploring the things you love and enjoy, and taking a chance on others!