Between school, extra-curricular activities and neighbourhood fun, it’s easy to make new friends when you’re young.
But once we become adults, it can become difficult to make new friends – and even more difficult after retiring or losing a long-term partner. Ironically enough, it’s at this time in our lives that social relationships are most important and are essential to avoiding loneliness.
Here are four easy tips to follow to help you (or someone you know) make more adult friends.
Volunteer or Work Part-Time
If you’ve worked full-time for most of your life, it can be easy to become isolated after you retire and when your daily routine changes. Volunteering or working part-time provides somewhere to go every day and an opportunity to create new relationships.
Spend time somewhere that offers an opportunity to give back – at a much lower stress level than your previous career! Choose a place that is conducive to conversation such as at a library or retirement home.
Get More Educated
It’s never too late to learn something new!
Many local post-secondary institutions offer heavily discounted tuition for seniors interested in furthering their education. An added bonus of gaining more knowledge is being surrounded by others while taking part in stimulating conversations and projects.
As one of the oldest students in the class, you may be asked to provide a unique perspective on class discussions gained from your life and work experiences.
Consider Getting a Furry Friend
Dogs provide companionship, a reason to get outside and an easy opportunity to start a conversation with other pet owners. Dog parks tend to attract the same people on a regular basis, making it easier to form new friendships.
But before you rush to purchase a dog, do your research. Dogs can be a lot of work (and expense) so make sure this is the right decision for you.
Depending on what your hobbies, strengths and interests are, try finding suitable social clubs or classes to join nearby.
Enjoy taking photos? Consider joining a photography club.
Love cooking and baking? Look up some local cooking classes.
Want to spend more time outdoors? Join a hiking group.
If you can’t find suitable activities close to you, use websites such as meetup.com or Eventbrite.com. These types of websites are great ways to pursue friendships with people who share similar interests as you.
Here at Circle of Life Cremation and Burial Centre Inc., we know how important social interactions are to living a long, healthy life!
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