Making new friends as an adult can be a little intimidating. As a kid, all you’d have to do was walk up to another and ask, “Do you want to be my friend?” It was that easy. Try that as an adult, you might get a funny look.
When you move to a new neighborhood, you are somewhat forced into seclusion. The best way to avoid prolonged isolation in your new area is to make friends with your neighbors! Though you shouldn’t use the child’s method of doing so, there are a few different “adult” ways to make new friends. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Knock on the Door
It can be as simple as that. Within the first couple of weeks of moving in, it is never a bad idea to knock on the neighbor’s door and introduce yourself. Bring a baked good or gift basket. Many people appreciate the gesture and of course, will be curious who their new neighbors are too.
Throw a Housewarming Party
A fun way to meet more than just one neighbor is to throw a housewarming party. You can invite friends and family, but also some of your new neighbors. It is a great way to mingle with them without feeling so much pressure to do so. It’s also a great opportunity for you to get the scoop on your new neighborhood.
Join a Local Club
Whether it’s a local Elk’s Club or a reading group, joining an organization local to the community is an easy way to get to know your peers from both your neighborhood and the surrounding areas. It may take some time to solidify your standing in the new club, but eventually, you’ll earn a great sense of comradery and community togetherness. What’s better than that?
Attend a Town Event
Town hall meetings, school plays, and farmers’ markets are all great settings for bumping into new friends. You may even consider taking your dog to a local dog park or checking out the local brewery for some social interaction. If you start becoming a regular, you’ll likely get to know all the other neighborhood folks who frequent these kinds of places.
Join an Online Community
Making new connections online is ever growing in popularity for those looking to find like-minded people. Are you into gardening? Cosplay? Classic movies? There a good chance you’ll find a local online community with people just like you. Facebook is a great place to find these types of groups. Check some groups out and you’ll be making friends in no time.
Take advantage of some of these helpful tips and soon, you’ll have cemented your presence in your new neighborhood and gained some new friends along the way. That way, you can focus on other important things, like unpacking, decorating, and enjoying some time with your family.
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