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Making New Friends

Have you been so busy with 'life' that you've lost touch with old friends or haven't made any new ones?

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We all, at some point or the other, become so caught up in the daily grind that we fail to make friendships a priority. We get married, have children, move, change jobs and then find ourselves alone and with no real friends. This is more common than you think and it's not too late to make new friends.

Why We Need Friends & Where Have They Gone

33 Reasons You Need Friends

Article / ByJohn Sherry

On the off chance that you think living like a hermit is good for you, here are 33 reasons to change your mind. I personally think that one of the great joys of having close friends is indulging in talk of the absolutely pointless.

Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30?

Article / ByAlex Williams

Alex Williams examines the reasons why it becomes harder to make friends when we're over 30. Without revealing my age, I would have to say that I agree - it's not as easy as when I was five. Also, I now find that when I meet potential female friends, I want to know that our spouses and children are also compatible.

How to Make Friends

Friendships Don't Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends

Book / ByShasta Nelson

Shasta Nelson is the CEO of and an ex pastor (expect the occasional religious slant). She classifies friends into five groups; contact friends, common friends, confirmed friends, community friends and committed friends. Our Sex in the City friends would fall into the last group. Ultimately if we want more committed friends, we need to work on two things, frequency and proximity.

9 Ways To Make Great Friends After 50

Article / ByStephanie Weaver

After we leave our various learning environments (school, college, university, etc.) it becomes harder to meet new friends. They're just not hanging around outside our room/house doors anymore. Stephanie Weaver shares 9 ways she used to make some incredible friends after turning 50.

Friendship: Seven Tips for Making New Friends

Article / ByGretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of the bestseller The Happiness Project. Here she shares her tips for making friends. She advocates smiling a lot because, "studies show that the amount of time you smile during a conversation has a direct effect on how friendly you’re perceived to be."

Making and Keeping Man Friendships

Article / ByBrett McKay

We can't truly enjoy our friendships if our spouses are sitting at home watching boring TV every evening. So here's an article to get your husband/partner off the couch making new friends too.

Making Friends Online

Make Friends Online

Article / ByJanis Kupferer

The online world opens up the opportunity to make new friends from the comfort of our homes. This is a godsend for those of us who feel awkward in social situations. Janis Kupferer offers some "best practices" to help you along the way.

YowTRIP - Meet Interesting People as you travel

Website / ByYowTRIP

YowTRIP is all about connecting with the locals. If you enjoy travelling and want to make new friends at your destination than give it a go. Also, if you're not travelling yourself, but like mingling with tourists then you can show people around your town or city.

Twtvite: Social Event Platform

Website / ByTwtvite

Stop hiding behind your computer. It's time to get out there and meet your Twitter acquaintances in the flesh. Use Twtvite to get invited to some exciting events or arrange your own.


Website / ByMeetup

This social networking site is for getting together with people in your neighbourhood. I found meet ups in my area for a wide range of activities including; football, volleyball, badminton, eating, drinking, walking (even barefoot walking) and single parent holidays. There's even a meet up for South African expats like myself. Really, what am I doing at my desk when I could be at a braai?

I am the founder of I love reading personal development books and try very hard to implement the stuff that resonates with me. For the most part I am paralysed by fear and indulge in the fine art of proscrastination. So it's small changes for me.

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