As a sales manager for a multimillion-dollar brand, I have to live in different cities for a few months at a time. My job is to monitor the work of the employees in various branches, after all. Every time I am sure that they can function without my supervision, the bosses will send me to a new place.
In the eyes of my friends and family members, I have an exhausting job, considering I need to always be on the go. Despite that, I beg to disagree. I love meeting new people as much as I love being a sales manager. The idea of living in another place where I know practically nobody never fails to make my heart skip a beat. Instead of feeling lonely, I see it as a way to make more friends than I already have.
The thing is, I know that not a lot of people think as I do. I have come across neighbors who can barely smile or say hi to me. Then, I would find out that they are newbies in the community like I am, and they are too shy to talk to anyone.
If you are more like those people than my extroverted self, here are several tips on how you start making friends in a new neighborhood.
Introduce Yourself To Everyone
Your first goal is to introduce yourself to as many individuals as possible. The reason is that your lack of people skills may have prevented you from even meeting anyone’s eyes in the past. You wait for them to do the introduction because you are afraid that they will ignore you.
Well, if you want to have friends now more than ever, you should ditch your fear of making self-introductions. Doing so will not guarantee that every single person will smile at you or even acknowledge your presence. However, you can think, “I did my part. If they don’t want to befriend me, so be it.”
Go To Places Where There Are A Lot Of People
Staying cooped up in your house cannot genuinely help you make friends. If anything, it will cause you to welcome negative thoughts that will end up depressing you. Instead, you should start hanging out in places that a lot of people go to.
I am talking about restaurants, parks, or even churches here, depending on what public establishments your community has. If there are also salons, that is even better.
Accept Friendly Invitations
No matter where you live in the world, it is possible that there are community-based organizations that will invite you to attend their events. If that happens, I advise you to accept such invitations and go there in your best behavior.
A community gathering gives you a chance to meet most – if not all – of your neighbors in one place, you see. That will be difficult to do even when you stay outside of your doorstep and wait for people to pass by. The more individuals come to that event, the higher the odds are of you becoming their friend in the end.
When you manage to do everything mentioned above and more, you will realize how amazing it is to relocate in a new neighborhood, too.