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Creating new friendships and interests

Empowering mature women to feel able to find and develop new friendships and interests

Making new friends when you are a kid is easy - kids don't worry about what they need to say and have ample opportunities to meet new people. I've often seen little ones go up to a new person and start a conversation with a simple question like "do you like my dress?" but as adults we don't embrace simple ice breakers in the same way. Kids' lives are also filled with activities: schools, clubs, playgrounds, etc. These give them lots of chances to make new friends as well as build existing friendships. As we age, other difficulties also creep in as social anxieties get worse with age and we develop greater perceptions of how things should work even if that's not how they play out. Making new friends and getting involved in new activities can, however, bring much happiness and satisfaction and support to our lives.

"Most people find it hard to create a deep and meaningful friendship in adulthood, but it’s not so hard if you know what to do." Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology

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