If you feel like your social life has come to a complete halt, it’s time to get out there and introduce yourself. A happy social life has a direct impact on your quality of life.
You’re unique and want to meet other unique individuals that share similar interests, right? But when you’re over the bar scene and ready to step out a little beyond your comfort zone, where should you go? What are some great places to meet new people, you might ask? If it’s a new romantic relationship that you are in search of or just a new friend to shop with every once in a while, we have compiled some obvious and not so obvious ways to get you connected.
5 places to meet new people
Join a club or team
Do you love reading? Join a book club, or better yet, start a book club and advertise for new members at work, at your local library, or let your friends invite their friends to the group. If books aren’t your thing, join a different type of club or team that is centered on a hobby you like, such as chess, vintage cars, baseball, basketball, bird watching, or poker. Whatever it is that you enjoy doing, find a group that meets around that interest – you never know what kind of new friends you might find there!
Not only does volunteering help others in need, but it will make you feel like you are doing a good deed and it will also give you the opportunity to meet people that you might not otherwise have the chance to meet. Love animals? Volunteer at your local animal shelter. Love kids? Volunteer to be a soccer coach. Passionate about politics? Get involved with your political party during campaigns and help pass out flyers or make phone calls. Volunteer opportunities often draw in compassionate, caring individuals – the type of people you want for your friends!
Visit the dog park
If you’re a dog lover, find a local off-leash dog park that you can let your pooch run around in. This is a great way to meet other animal lovers and it is often a pretty casual way to get talking to them. Your pup will usually make the first introduction and your dog can be used as a conversation starter with a stranger!
Get involved with a gym
You’ll get your body back into shape and you’ll probably get to meet an array of men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life. Sign up for an aerobic cycling class, learn how to climb an indoor rock mountain, or take a kick boxing class.
Organize or join a neighborhood watch association
You’ll be able to meet your neighbors and make your neighborhood safer at the same time! No matter where you live, it’s good to be an active member of your neighborhood and it is always a bonus to find out that you live next door to people that you actually have things in common with.
Our lives are fast paced and sometimes it’s hard to find a spare minute to yourself. Don’t become lonely simply because you can’t find the time to get out of the house to socialize. The real key here is that you can’t just sit at home every night and every weekend. Find fun things to do. Find things to participate in that make you happy and allow you to connect with new people. There really isn’t that much at risk here – you don’t have much to lose, but you do have new friendships and relationships to gain!