10 Ways to Have More Friends

Meet More New People and Nurture Your Existing Friendships

Who doesn't want a larger social circle? Here are ten ways you can increase the amount of friends in your life, either by meeting new people or by maintaining the friendships you already have. You need both in order to have balanced friendships.

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Be Interested in Other People

Girl Friends Shopping and Drinking Coffee In City
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One of the best ways to attract friends is simply to care about the folks around you. When you meet new people, focus on finding out about them by asking thoughtful questions.

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Be a Down-to-Earth, Positive Person

Positive Friends
Having a positive friend can help balance out your world. Positive friends have many emotional and health benefits in your life.

Who doesn’t love someone that is upbeat? While we all have bad days, the people who can put it all in perspective and move on are often the ones that have an easier time making friends.

Being positive doesn't mean being fake, it means being real and down-earth, but also likeable and someone that can lift the spirits of others.

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Stop the Gossip Once and For all

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Talking about people behind their backs is bad form. Yet, we all do it to some degree. Some of our friends might try and get us to gossip while other times we do it because on some level it makes us feel good. 

Gossip ruins the friendships we have and prevents us from developing new ones. Learn how to shut down gossip for good.

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Be a Tourist In Your Town

Traveling With Friends
See the sights in your own town. Dimitri Vervitsiotis/Getty Images

Pretend you’re new in town and visit the sites your city has to offer. While you are out on, say, a walking tour or other "touristy" type of event, you'll be surprised at how many new people you'll meet.

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Bond With Coworkers

Get to know a coworker by giving them a ride to work. Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images

Get to know your coworkers. Being friends with the people you work with can take some time, but you already have one big thing in common, and that's your career.

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Argue In a Healthy Way

Couples Who Argue
Learn how to argue with a friend in a respectful way. Image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Learn the art of respectful arguing. The better you are at expressing your concerns without damaging your friendship, the easier time you'll have at keeping great friends in your life.

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Be Proactive About Helping Friends

Help a Friend at Work
Refusing to help a coworker can make it more difficult to make friends. Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Be ready to help friends through a difficult time. Friendships sometimes end when one person experiences a rough patch and feels that the other person just wasn't there for them. When a friend is hurting, reach out before your friend needs to ask you for help.

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Engage the People You Meet

Small Talk
Knowing the issues can help you make small talk with people. Jamie Grill/Getty Images

Make an effort to talk to five people per day. The conversations don't have to be long or involved, but by actively engaging others you will be more aware when a new friendship opportunity arises.

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Be Gently Honest With People

Small Talk
Be the friend that is honest. Thomas Barwick/Getty Images

Telling the truth without hurting someone's feelings is an art form, but if you can master gentle honesty you'll be respected and have more friends.

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Be Genuinely Happy For Your Friends

A happy group of friends. Image: Christopher Robbins/Getty Images

Don't get competitive with your friends. Life isn't a race. Celebrate your friend's accomplishments as if they were your own.


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