How to make a bestie
1 Online and reality
Jocelyn Brewer says there are definite benefits to social media friendships, but real-world connections remain the gold standard. “Social media can help find connections when geography or other factors make it difficult. But social media sharing can negate the need to communicate in real life. To form a deeper connection, take the relationship into the real world.”
2 Stirring stuff
Physical activity is not just good for the body, it’s great for the soul. And we do better when we have friends around to spur us on. It doesn’t have to be complicated – a brisk stroll in the lunch hour with a workmate, a scenic walk on the weekend. Check out the activities on offer at the local swimming pool, sports club or community centre: great places to widen your social circle.
3 Good causes
Being involved in a group that meets regularly for a common purpose can lead to firm friendships. Think about joining the school PTA or a charity support group, such as Hospice – you’ll meet people and have the feel-good bonus of helping others.