10 Ways to Have More Friends

Who doesn't want a larger social circle? Here are ten ways you can increase the number 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

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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

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 ​likable and someone that can lift the spirits of others.

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Stop the Gossip Once and for All

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.

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Be a Tourist in Your Town

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 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

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

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

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

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

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