4 Ways to Grow Your Friend Group—Even from Home
Due to your busy schedule before COVID-19, did you value your me-time? Today do you long for that busy schedule?
Even before COVID-19, more than one in five adults in the U.S. said they felt lonely or isolated.1 25% of Americans are finding it hard to maintain social connections during the pandemic. Research shows that chronic loneliness even has negative effects on our physical health.2 We all need meaningful connections with people we care about.
Start by Being a Friend
Do you want friends who will encourage you? Then become an encourager. Want friends who will help you grow as a person? Then practice listening, and show that you’re willing to change when you learn new things. Whatever you want to see in others, work towards becoming that friend yourself.
- Encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
- Start Having Honest Conversations.
Relationships are built on trust. Trust goes in both directions. Don’t just talk about yourself. Ask a lot of questions, actively listen, and don’t judge. The more you invest in each other, the more you’ll enjoy your times together.
- Start Serving Others, Together.
Serving other people helps you beat loneliness, by taking your focus off yourself and giving you a sense of purpose. Millions of people have lost jobs during the pandemic.3 In most communities, food banks and other charities are busier than ever. Find services with social distancing and sanitizing policies that you’re comfortable with. Or, if you’d rather not leave your house, look for places where you can serve online.
- Start Inviting People.