Fill your life with friends
LOOKING at your life this Valentine’s Day and thinking you could do with a little more friendship in your life? Check out these tips.
Chasing dollars all day is exhausting and there will be times when you just want to be home by yourself, eating something out of a packet in front of something totally meaningless on television. That’s fine but if you don’t see anyone, you’ll soon find yourself alone. So make a date every week for the next month to meet a bunch of friends for lunch, or have them around for a potluck.
Plan for fun
There’s nothing so attractive as laughter so think of something you know you love and invite three or five people you haven’t seen in a while to join you: have a tennis championship afternoon, go kayaking or see a funny Make a date every week to meet a bunch of friends. film together. Laughter will help you all bond.
Bring a pal parties
If you have a very narrow circle, organise a casual lunch or tea party where you invite just two or three people and ask them to bring one friend each. A good way to do this is to run a theme: people who love vampire films to come to an all-black lunch or pet lovers to join in an afternoon of furry-feathery-finny chat over a vegetarian cream tea.
Learn public speaking
If shyness is your main barrier to creating a social circle, you can go for self-assertiveness training. If you don’t have such a service near you, look up internet resources and get your best (confident) pal to help you. You might also try joining a group like the toastmasters or a debate team because standing up in public, speaking on a prepared subject will translate into lots of self-confidence.