As our lives keep getting busier, we tend to limit our friend circles and do not look beyond our college class/ department groups, roommates, or our division of work in the office. Revolving within all these groups, we miss out on the opportunity of making friends from different backgrounds n fields of work, and hence, fail to develop a holistic view of life. In today’s world, getting to know about an extensive range of experiences will not only make you more exclusive in a crowd but also allow you to consider things in life which you may not have. In a recent study, it was proven that having friends from various cultures and backgrounds tend to make you more creative and productive. So, in an attempt to make your life more exciting, and make you more productive (hopefully), we present ten unusual, yet great ways to make new friends.
10. Greet people and start conversations wherever you hangout
We regularly come across some familiar faces in the college/ work cafeterias, gaming zones etc. that visit the place as frequently as you, but never try to interact with them. Try to greet some of these people regularly and try to start a conversation once in a while. Find out why they visit the place regularly and share yours to connect with them. This will not only increase your chances of finding great friends but polish your image as an outgoing and affable person.
- Get involved in your local community
Festivals, birthdays, and anniversaries are a big part of our social lives and give us a chance to celebrate and be thankful for whatever good exists in our lives. Usually, there are some groups/ communities in our locality which organise various events, especially festival celebrations. Many people from our neighbourhood and the surrounding areas attend these celebrations. You can attend and enjoy the festivities, delicious rare delicacies, and at the same time interact with interesting new people, who live nearby.
- Organise or attend school, college reunions
While you may not be in touch with many of your school/college mates, it’s a great way to reminisce about your cherished memories and get to know the different paths your old friends have taken in life. It lets you reconnect with the people with whom you have shared great times and secrets which may still be an important part of your life. You may become friends with someone you may not even have talked to earlier because they weren’t in your group. Also, when you share experiences, you are able to appreciate all the good in your life and be thankful for whatever you have.
- Pick up a sport and join a club
In the process of digitizing and modernizing our lives, we distance ourselves from physical exercises. Most cities have at least one club for each popular sport and have access to arenas, equipment etc. You can search for these clubs online or in the local directories. Joining a club will help you to find people who share love for the same sport, while you’re reaching your daily goals of exercising. It is two targets with one arrow.
- Attend exhibitions, plays, concerts, seminars etc. in your city
We tend to avoid these events unless we have our usual group of friends accompanying us. We are also quite sceptical when it comes to experimenting. Attend an exhibition which you never thought you would before, attend a seminar on something you’ve just heard or read about. Try and attend these events by yourself and discover people who share the same interests. This will motivate you to pursue your interests, hobbies and productively use your spare time. You may even get the chance to organise or perform at such events (in case you’d like to).
- Join or volunteer for a non- profit non-governmental movement or organisation
There are various organisations which stand up for social causes and do appreciable work throughout the work. Decide a few causes you care about and try to contribute by volunteering or making more people aware about their cause. You’ll come across individuals who care for the similar causes and you’ll have the unique opportunity to make new friends along with substantial work experience.
- Travel to new destinations once in a while
Even if you’re not a travel freak, or don’t have enough time to travel regularly, utilise whatever breaks you get and travel to new destinations at least thrice a year. While international travel may be expensive, there are usually many amazing places full of surprises in your native land which are worth travelling to. You will get the chance to explore the local culture, be friends with the natives and look at life from their point of view. You may even get the chance to interact with tourists and add new destinations to your list based on their experiences.
- Take new courses online
While spending a lot of time online isn’t the best thing to do, choosing to do the right things online will make it worth your time. Register for courses on websites like edX, coursera, futureLearn . These courses generally include discussion forums where the participants can interact and share their views. This will enable you to get in touch with experts of the subject and fellow enthusiastic learners who can turn out to be your friends from a virtual classroom. Since age is no bar for these courses, you can learn at any point of time in your lives.
- Get an amateur radio license
If you don’t have the time or resources to travel regularly, this is a great hobby you could try. Every citizen is allowed to appear for a simple exam and obtain a license for amateur radio communications. Certain bandwidths are allotted for amateur operators and they are allowed to use it for educational and non-profitable purposes. There are just about 3 million people around the globe who are registered for this and you can communicate with all of them. You can have the chance to speak with someone in Antarctica, someone working in a remote Island in Japan, and even with someone on the International Space Station. This is probably the best way to interact and be friends with people you may never have imagined talking to, and it’s quite a unique hobby too.
- Go to a bookstore and spend a whole day there on the weekend
While this may sound like a bit of a crazy idea, it’s something worth trying. A bookstore is like a treasure chest filled with a massive amount of surprises. You can get your reading habit back, find out what others like to read, have a cup of coffee with your new buddies, and use your free time in an incredible way.
In our ever-growing avarice for materialistic gains and monetary supremacy, we tend to lose out on things which are more meaningful and correctly describe the social nature of our species. While these ideas may not make you the most popular artist on the billboard 100, they’ll definitely bring about an astounding increment in your levels on content and happiness in life.
“Live the life you love and love the life you live.”