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How to Develop and Maintain Friendships

by Latisha Porter (follow)
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Developing and maintaining friendships take effort. The enjoyment and comfort friendship can provide, however, makes the investment worthwhile. It’s possible you’ve overlooked potential friends who are already in your social network. Think through people you’ve interacted with, even very casually, who made a positive impression.

Friends celebrating with a cake

You may find potential friends among people with whom:

• You’ve worked or taken classes
• You’ve been friends in the past, but have since lost touch
• You’ve enjoyed chatting with at social gatherings
• You share family ties

In addition, to develop new friendships, you might have to go to places where others are gathered. Don’t limit yourself to one strategy for meeting people. Be creative. The broader your efforts, the greater your likelihood of success.

Here’s some examples of ways to develop new friendships:

• Attend community events
• Volunteer
• Extend and accept invitations
• Take up a new interest
• Join a faith community
• Take a walk
• Attend events at work

While developing and maintaining friendships takes time and great effort, you will be happier in the long run. There will always be someone in your social circle to spend quality time with or just to enjoy a night on the town.

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