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How To Make New Friends

For many, making new friends can be a daunting project.  Let’s face it, putting yourself out there to risk feeling rejected is a shoe than many are not eager to fill. But studies show that finding girlfriends to laugh with and confide in will  not only make you feel better, but can be a life saver as well. Our girlfriend Jessica over at The Improbable Housewife has had to put on that shoe of

A lot of love in the room
uncertainty  and step out of her comfort zone to re-gain her social life and sanity. Listen on as she shares some tips she used to create her own social mojo:

By Jessica, The Improbable Housewife

Are You a Recluse? Girl, You Need to Get a Friend!

Are you one of those people who make friends easily? Do you thrive in social situations? Have you ever thought that the quiet individual hanging back on the side of the group must be stuck up or unfriendly? Why isn’t she participating in the conversation… after all, it is just the girls. Or, are you that girl?

Do You Have a Difficult Time Making Friends?

Be Confident
Have you ever thought of faking it until you make it? Simply put: Act more confident than you are until you become the confident person you want to be. It really can work.

Case in point: I was shy at heart, introverted to a fault, and was never one to start up conversations with strangers. It wasn’t a bad thing; it was just who I was.

Then I found myself trapped in a stressful situation and I needed a friend. My husband was on an overseas military remote assignment and I was left setting up a new home after a move across the country with a two-year-old and an infant. You heard me right, I needed a friend. This wasn’t optional; it simply had to happen for my sanity.

Where do you find new friends?

Look in your comfort zone

Have you ever moved to a new area where you had to start all over? Or, maybe you are just at a crossroads in your life and you need friends who share common interests? You don’t have to be afraid to take the leap to make new friendships. Take baby steps. Yes, you need to step outside your comfort zone, but it can be done in places where you are comfortable.


If you are a mom with young children, your neighborhood park is the perfect place to make friends. Moms are there with their kids and want to have adult conversations. I guarantee you won’t be the only one there open to a new friendship.


Do you have a coworker you like to chat with? Make a date for a girl’s night out! You’re already friendly, so this is just taking an extra step.


Are you new in the neighborhood? Strike up a conversation with your neighbor while you are out in the yard and ask if they know of a neighborhood Girls Night Out. Then GO!

Kids’ Activities

Do you talk to any of the moms at your child’s sporting events? Why not? You have something in common; you might as well be chummy while you’re watching… especially if there are a lot of practices involved.

Step Outside The Box

There are so many places where you can meet people, have conversations and make friends if you choose to step outside your box and expose yourself to the possibility of rejection. Yes, we are all afraid of it. Really, we shouldn’t be. You’ve heard it before… if at first you don’t succeed, try again.

What are ways that you step outside your comfort zone to establish friendships?

GirlfriendCelebrations would love to hear your tips for making new friends. Be a friend: Leave a comment or tip for the next girlfriend about how to try on that shoe of uncertainty, take a risk and make a new friend. After all, a girl can never have too many girlfriends, can she?


  1. I used to be introverted and unconfident. I began forcing myself to walk with my head up and back straight. Soon after, I would simply greet people (with eye contact) that I passed. Step by step I worked up to beginning conversations with just about anyone I met anywhere. Now, even if someone doesn’t seem approachable I will at least say hi because you never know. I also joined a women’s group where I have met other girls with similar interests. It’s not easy to be the initiator at first, but is well worth the effort!

    Comment by Lisa — April 5, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  2. The most important advice is that you HAVE to get out of your comfort zone. No one has mentioned church, but join a church and get involved, You will have friends galore! Don’t be afraid to invite people over to your house after being around them regularly. I’m not a big party person, but a gathering of about 4-6 is a sheer delight! I would even say I have a phobia about large parties. I’ve also learned, the more you do something, the easier it gets. This may sound weird, but I think of subjects to talk about before I am go to a dinner party, especially if it is with people I don’t know well. There is always someone there like you who want someone to pay attention to them.

    Comment by Shannon — July 14, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

  3. It’s really hard to meet people when you really don’t go out. I mostly work with guys, and the girls I do work with are young and party or too old with kids. I’m kind of stuck in this middle ground. So with little to do around where I live and having social anxiety to begin with, I joined They’re many girlfriend groups and some don’t care if you come and go as you please as long as you have fun.
    In fact I’m posting this website on the meetup groups too, as there are great ideas in here to choose from. I just started looking at this site, and I have to say it’s really a blessing to have. Thank you.

    Comment by Lisa Nova — January 9, 2011 @ 10:23 am

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