How to make and keep good friends

Making friends can be a big challenge. Some of us are shy and some of us are talkative. Making friends can be difficult for some people. We all want to be liked and to have good friends.


What are some of the ways to make good friends?

  • Attend social events: social gatherings are a good start to meet new people. Go to parties, chill in the park or watch a music concert.
  • Interact with new people: Don't just talk; remember to listen when someone is talking to get to know them better. Try to join in conversations even if you are feeling shy.
  • Start a new hobby or join a club: Increase your chances of making new friends who have the same interests as you by starting a new hobby, sport or club to boost your confidence.
  • Track down old friends via Facebook. Reconnect with old friends by turning your 'online' friends into 'real-world' friends. Suggest meeting up instead of just chatting online.

Remember that making a friend is just the beginning of the journey into friendship. Friendships take time, effort, and a genuine interest in the other person.

  • Be honest, loyal and reliable: always tell the truth to your friends and be there for them!
  • Don't peer pressure your friends to do drugs, steal or lie to their parents.
  • Be forgiving: No one is perfect and every friend will make mistakes.
  • Remember, you have different friends for different reasons: 'Hi-Bye' friends (or acquaintances), every day friends and life-long true friends.

In the end, don't forget that your first friend is you. If you can accept and love yourself just the way you are then you will find friends everywhere.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 23 March 2016 17:26

I have a issue on not being able to connect with my innersoul and try to interact and indulge my problems I tend to keep to myself but it is not easy considering people are noise and the kind of work I'm in forces me to active and show interest in other people whereby I fail emensenly due to not caring I personally think it is because I grew up without a father so I am very shallow hearted ???what can I do to change?

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 15:01

Hi Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear you are having a hard time connecting with others. It can be really hard growing up without a father and some people start to keep to themselves instead of dealing with their feelings. This is normal, but there are a couple ways that you can try to work through your feelings. You can write in a journal, create music or art. You can also speak to a counsellor or psychiatrist at your local clinic to get more help.



B-Wise Expert Expert 30 March 2016 13:48

Hi Anonymous, I'm sorry to hear you are having a hard time connecting with others. It can be really hard growing up without a father and some people start to keep to themselves instead of dealing with their feelings. This is normal, but there are a couple ways that you can try to work through your feelings. You can write in a journal, create music or art. You can also speak to a counsellor or psychiatrist at your local clinic to get more help.


B-Wise User Anonymous 19 March 2016 14:26

Keep trust on your friend