The Friendship Month & Why Making Friends Is Easy

Friends having fun

By Top10BestDatingSites Staff

Autumn is in the air, and now that the Summer is over and the days are getting darker, it can be tempting to huddle under a blanket indoors and retreat from the world, especially new people and places. If you’re the type that likes to make new relationships in a natural setting before springing straight into a first date, this can also make romance quite difficult. Never fear! This September is Friendship month and we’ve compiled a list of the best ways and places to meet new people and make some new friends to keep those Winter blues at bay by the time the snowy season rolls around.

Active Andy

We all know that shared interests make for great friends, so taking the time to indulge in sporty or active hobbies are a great way to meet people you’ll want to spend time with. Try a local sports club, and make sure to mention to the staff that you’re looking for a new golfing buddy or tennis partner. They may know other local people who are looking for the same. Not interested in a particular sport? Try joining a gym! It may sound like a cliché, but as well as an immediate introduction to loads of new neighbours, the classes can be a fantastic way to socialise, including after class drinks, and general small talk while you sweat it out. If all else fails, at least you’re getting a great workout!

People in gym

Cultured Cathy

Not the sporty type? Try to think of other shared interests you would want to share with a partner or new friend. Even if love isn’t foremost on your mind, it can help to sign up to online dating websites like eHarmony or Elite Singles which offer some amazing insights through their in-depth compatibility questionnaires and personality profiling. eHarmony even offers the unique and beautiful Book of You, an insightful look at what makes you tick, helping you uncover why relationships may have failed in the past.

Whatever your interests, you can guarantee there are people out there who share the same. Head to a local museum or art gallery to see an exciting exhibit, or ask at your library whether there is a frequent book club in the vicinity. The library may also have leaflets on their noticeboard about talks and shows coming up that month where you’re bound to meet new people.

friends at book club

Chatty Charlie

Of course, all these great ideas for meeting new people can only get you so far. It’s up to you to strike up conversation and take things further. In fact, anywhere can be a place to meet new people if you hone your conversational skills. See someone who looks friendly at the bus stop, the doctor’s surgery or even the local supermarket? You have nothing to lose!

If you’re feeling really nervous and kind of rusty at the lost art of conversation, websites like BeNaughty or CheekyDevil have some fun chat rooms you can use to practise your pick up lines before you try them in the ‘real’ world!

Grocery store meet

Selfless Sam

According to thehelpguide.org “We tend to be drawn to people we share things with.” This isn’t just hobbies, but also ideals and causes. “Think about the things you like to do, the causes you care about, or anything you’re passionate about” they continue. “Where could you go to meet people who share the same interests?“

Volunteering is a great way to spend some free time helping others, and whether it’s at your local school or homeless shelter, visiting an old age home or participating in your area's local parkrun or big brother/sister scheme, you are bound to make some great new friends who you know have a great heart, too. Your local council should have all the information you need to get started making a difference.

young people charity work

Whatever option you choose, make sure to get out and about this Autumn to find new people. You’ll be surprised how many others are also in your area looking for friendship and romance too. Try using the great Zoosk​ app to search for other lonely hearts by location and you’ll see we’re right! Before you know it, you’ll have some new people in your life worth staying in with!

Want to try meeting people online, but too shy to begin? Try our tips for the perfect first message!

 

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