“We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason, it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
Human beings are by nature social creatures. However, the older we get, the harder it becomes to maintain the connections we built up in our youth – whether it’s distance, work, family or just competing priorities – life tends to get in the way.
Does this mean you can’t make new friends and widen your social circle as an adult? Of course not! It’s just a little bit different than how it was when you were younger.
If you’re ready to leave the house, here are five of the best places to meet new people.
1. Join a book club
Do you love reading? Are you bursting at the seams with thoughts and ideas about your favorite novel?
Consider joining a local book club where you can meet up with other bibliophiles to discuss your latest read (and spread your infectious enthusiasm). You can regularly schedule meetings with other book lovers and develop a fun reading list. And, of course, it’s a fantastic way to bond with one another over a shared interest.
A book club also gives you the perfect excuse to explore new cafes and restaurants in your area that you might have previously overlooked. Who knows who you’ll end up meeting?
2. Go for a hike or camping trip
If you love exploring the great outdoors, getting away on a hike or a camping trip offers an opportunity to exercise, enjoy the fresh air and bask in the beauty of nature.
Depending on where you go, you can meet other free spirits. Take this as an opportunity to swap stories with one another about your adventures.
Not sure where to start? Local camping or hiking groups typically organize trips to local and even far-off locations. These usually include a healthy mix of seasoned and amateur hikers and campers, so you’ll never feel out of place, no matter your experience level.
3. Enroll in a class
If dancing is more your jam, hit the local dance scene and let loose.
Don’t have any experience or need a little extra help polishing your moves there Travolta? Consider joining a dance class. Learn and stumble through those disco dancing moves in the company of other eager learners.
The most important thing is to have fun, get your groove on and enjoy the music. You just might find a partner or the perfect group of new friends that you jive with.
Make sure you pick a genre that you like though. There’s no point selecting something that doesn’t move your feet. Thankfully, whether it’s tango or the salsa, there are no shortage of options for you to choose from.
4. Let’s get physical
Are you more of the athletic or sporty type? Or are you just looking to get into shape? It’s well established that sports activities bond people over a common goal and shared sense of purpose.
Traditional sports not quite your thing? There are plenty of other shared physical activities that you can participate in to meet interesting people, such as axe throwing at FlannelJax’s.
Our visitors come from all walks of life. You can meet other closet lumberjacks and throw axes, hit bullseyes, and unwind with a few drinks. Talk about an out-of-the-box, hard-hitting and active way to meet new people!
5. Attend a local meetup
Many local communities and even Facebook groups organize meetups that give members a chance to connect with one another in real life. You can join any community that matches your interests.
There are foodie groups that meet up at restaurants and bond over food or animal lover groups that share a common love of furry pals. There is no end to local groups that cater to every niche hobby — all you need to do is find them!
Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t make new friends. It’s just a matter of going out and finding things that you enjoy, and sharing those interests with other like-minded people.
Volunteer at an NGO, visiting your local museum or art gallery or heck, talk to that person standing next to you on the bus.
There are no limits to the number of opportunities – you just have to be ready and willing to take them!