How to make friends and meet new people

Whether you’re changing schools, starting uni or you’d just love a new bestie, everyone goes through the experience of wanting to make new friends at some point in their life. Sometimes this can be easy as, but unfortunately there are times when it’s not quite as simple.

If you’re in the early stages of wanting to make some new mates, you might be thinking: where do I even start? So we went to the street to ask people for their top tips for making friends.

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How to make new friends

Meeting new people and creating new relationships can be a nerve-wracking experience, because you have to really put yourself out there.

When it comes to making new friends it can be tough to get started, so we’ve put together our 10 best tips to guide you on making some new mates.

10 tips on making new friends that anyone can try

  • Join a club or sports team, something that gets you meeting new people.

  • Be open-minded and open to new things.

  • Be confident and start conversations.

  • Break the ice with a joke or a compliment.

  • Put yourself out there and genuinely be yourself.

  • Don't take yourself too seriously.

  • Show you want to learn more, ask questions about their life and hobbies.

  • Send them memes you know they’d like.

  • Practise active listening and make eye contact.

  • Be friendly and warm, kind and encouraging.

What can I do now to help me meet new people?

  • Check out this article on overcoming your shyness.

  • Learn how active listening can help improve your relationships.

  • Watch Youtuber Loserfruit's helpful guide on how to make friends online.