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So call up a friend and go do something fun!

But…what if you’ve found yourself in a situation where you’ve fallen out of touch with your friends, or are simply in need of new ones?

1. Pick up or develop a new hobby. Do you like talking about movies? Do you love sports? Are you  into wine? Are you trying to train for a marathon? Make a list of the hobbies and activities that you’re interested in, and then research groups that focus on them. One of the best ways to meet great new people is by following your own interests.

2. Ask your coworkers to invite you to events. Events, conferences and other types of gatherings are great not only for professional networking, but can be useful ways to meet new people in general.

3. Just get out there! Newsflash: it’s next to impossible to meet people while sitting on the sofa and catching up on your Netflix shows. So get up and go somewhere that seems appealing to you: museum, happy hour, etc. You don’t have to chat up everyone you see up and come across as…odd, but simply being out-and-about can increase your chances of meeting new people.

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