making friends

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3 Ways to Meet New Friends – Help for Widows

The most difficult part of being a widow is different for everyone, but meeting new friends is often at the top of the list. Here are three ways for widows to make friends while grieving and transitioning into widowhood. From One Widow to Another: Conversations on the New You by Miriam Neff is a book that may help you as you grieve. […]

5 Signs You’re a Toxic Friend

Most of us can recognize a bad friendship fairly quickly, but we may not know if we ourselves are toxic friends. These signs you’re in a toxic friendship will help you see yourself more clearly. In Toxic Friends: A Practical Guide to Recognizing and Dealing with an Unhealthy Friendship, Loraine Smith-Hines describes different types of toxic friends and helps readers […]

How to Meet Friends When You’re 40+

On my article about meeting friends after moving to a new city, a reader asked for friend-finding tips for people over 40. I’m not sure if I’m the best or worst person to ask, because meeting friends has been a struggle for me for the past 7 years! In Friendships Don’t Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle […]

4 Ways to Deal With Selfish One-Sided Friendships

These tips will help you deal with a variety of one-sided friendships, including bad friends, friends who talk behind your back, and friends who never call or make an effort to hang with you. Here’s what one of my readers says about a one-sided friendship: “I wanted to be friends with her so badly that I compromised myself to try and win […]

5 Conversation Starters for When You Need to Make Small Talk

Can’t think of anything to say? You’re not alone; these five smart conversation tips for small talk are especially helpful for people with introverted personality traits, to whom making conversation may not come naturally. “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative,” said Mark Twain. You might use that quote if you need to end a conversation. Or […]

What to Talk About on the First Date

These easy first date conversation starters will help you avoid those awkward silences and uncomfortable moments. You can relax and enjoy your first date if you keep a few things in mind… The most important thing to remember is that the happier and relaxed you are, the more you’ll enjoy your date. And if you’re enjoying yourself, so will your […]