Increasing your circle of friends is only possible if you are willing to put yourself out there. It takes time, a change in attitude and the willingness to go out on days when you may not want to. With some effort, your circle of friends can grow bigger than ever before.
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Accept most of the invitations you receive. Turning down an invitation is acceptable if you have other plans or you're sick. Otherwise, accept a person's invite even if you would rather sit home watching television. You never know whom you might meet when you go out, but making excuses to stay home will severely limit your chances of meeting anyone.
Listen to people more than you talk. An easy way to engage people is by getting them to talk about subjects they like. Pay close attention when they talk to you; remember the details, especially when they mention loved ones, hobbies and their job, which are often the three most important areas in a person's life. People are often drawn to those who pay attention to them and remember details that many might typically forget. Also, if you have an opportunity to go somewhere that a person you met mentioned being interested in, extend an invite if possible.
Host a gathering and tell friends to invite their friends. It's an easy way to meet several new people at once that your friends can verify have excellent personalities. Hosting the party will also give you an advantage -- many people want to thank the host for the invitation, so it gives you an opportunity to start a conversation with everyone that approaches you.
Explore places solo when no one else is available. Take initiative instead of waiting for friends to be available. Places to consider going are coffee shops, museums and the beach. It may make you more approachable to those who wouldn't want to intrude if you were with a friend. Don't hesitate to start up conversations, especially with others that are also alone. Wherever you go, take extra precautions to stay safe, considering you are going alone.
Contact friends and acquaintances often. Turning acquaintances into friends, strengthening friendships and meeting friends of friends isn't going to happen if you don't make an effort to stay in touch. Send an e-mail or a text message or make a call to see how they're doing. Also, make plans to have more face-to-face contact, which often strengthens bonds more than conversing in other ways.
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