A lot of things change in life, but one thing that never goes away and never loses its importance is friendship. Friendship Month is all about highlighting the importance of friendship and celebrating what it can do for us. It involves spending time with your friends and appreciating them. It is also about getting back in touch with people who you used to be friends with but have since lost touch with them.
For some people, Friendship Month is an opportunity to reach out to new people and make friends with them. You are never too old to make friends, and this is something people are realising, thanks to Friendship Month.
History of Friendship Month
It all started with the intervention of the people at Oddfellows who came up with the idea of Friendship Month to bring people together and help beat loneliness by meeting other people looking for new friendships. It continues to thrive and it’s no surprise when you consider just how important these social ties are to us all. It has now been 10 years since Friendship Month has started.
Tips on making friends
- Make yourself available
If you want to make friends, you need to put yourself out there in order to meet people.
- Join an organisation or club
This is a great way to find other people who have similar interests as you.
Volunteering is a good way to meet others. By working together, you build bonds with people.
- Connect with people you already know
Chances are, you already know a few people who could potentially become good friends. Consider trying to get to know your co-workers, classmates, or even people in your social media network.
- Make eye contact and smile
If you don’t present a friendly and inviting appearance, people are less likely to be approachable to your friendship.
Meeting new people and making friends can be overwhelming, but with a little effort and willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, you can easily make friends. Start by getting yourself out there and looking for places to socialise. Once you start meeting new people, take some time to get to know them and hang out together. You’ll also have to put some time and effort into keeping the friendship going.