Whether you've just moved to a new city or recently had a falling out with a close friend, it can be difficult to put yourself into a situation where you can be open to the idea of a new best friend. Thankfully, there are some methods to break out of your comfort zone to start building lasting friendships with new people, instead of waiting for someone to latch onto you. Use the following practical lessons to help you meet new people and possibly gain a lifelong friendship out of the experience.
1. Don't be afraid to ask. One of the hardest parts about meeting new people is being the person that breaks the ice and "asks someone out." Don't think that asking someone out for a cup of coffee or a drink will make you look desperate - simply slip it into a casual conversation. For instance, if you just met the girl and you think she's fun to hang around, tell her that! Everyone loves being told that they're a fun person, and it could be a subtle icebreaker that could lead to future friendships. The more you practice, the more natural it will feel.
2. Join a gym or a club. While having a bunch of work friends is important, it's better to have a few people on the side that aren't up-to-date on the day-to-day activities of your occupation. Consider joining a gym or some form of a social club to expand the amount of people you meet on a daily basis. After all, if you start doing things socially that you're interested in, you'll have a much better chance of meeting someone that shares your hobbies.
3. Don't be discouraged! For whatever reason, two people may not click after a social gathering, so don't take this as a sign that you're not 'friend' material. If you start experiencing awkward silences when you're out with the person or just feel like you don't have anything to talk about, it may be time to look elsewhere.
Branching out and finding new people to hang out with is never easy, but by following these tips, you can break the ice and increase your chances of finding a new BFF.