Since the 1980s the number of Americans who say they have no one to talk to has doubled. Where and how do adults make friends?
- Sign up for a group travel adventure: People tend to bond more easily when out of their comfort zone. The experience will provide an instant group of people with whom you share a unique memory.
- Take a class in something you love; enthusiasm is contagious.
- Get a dog (a pet is also good for your heart) and show up every morning at your local dog park. People love to chat about their pooches.
- Track down old high school or college pals who live in your area, and see if old friendships can be resumed.
- Take a fresh look at your neighbors, coworkers, classmates, fellow gym bunnies—the people you meet and greet on a regular basis. If you've been standoffish, say hello. If you've traded hellos for months, engage them in conversation.
How to Rescue a Friendship
First you talked to each other every day, then once a week, then a few times a month. She got pregnant. You moved to another city. You got pregnant. She got divorced. Soon you were only speaking a few times a year. How do you rescue a friendship?