Making friends as an adult is not that easy. It came naturally when you were younger, but now that you’ve established your own circle of peers, it’s harder to create new bonds with other people outside of it.

But of course, it’s not impossible! It only needs a bit more effort on your end. Here are ways on how you can jump start new relationships.

1. Join groups that have similar interests as yours.
Maybe you have pets and you want to learn more about taking care of them, or maybe you have a hobby that you want to share with others. There are many online groups like our very own GIRLTalk, which you can join to cater to your interests. Members usually set up group eye balls for people to get to know each other offline, and these can start off really great friendships.

2. Attend open events.
There are many establishments that hold free-for-all events. One good example is Commune along Polaris Street in Makati, which regularly holds SPIT improvs and music nights. Vinyl on Vinyl in Pasong Tamo also has a lot of open exhibitions featuring local artists. These, and many others, are great venues to meet people from different walks of life.

3. Volunteer for a cause.
There is nothing like kindness to bring folks together. Volunteering for a cause will not only allow you to get to know a lot of like-minded individuals, but you’ll also get to change the lives of others.

4. Sign up for a class.
This summer presents many great opportunities to learn a new skill and to create new friendships. There are a lot of classes that you can sign up for online. If you’re interested in arts and crafts, you can visit Common Room. Brushing up your cooking skills at CCA and the Heny Sison Culinary School is also a good option. Participating in class activities is one way to start conversations, and your initial mutual confusion at tasks can actually be the beginning of friendship.

5. Sell your stuff.
There are a lot of bazaars going on in and outside the Metro. Joining one of them is a pass to entering a lively community of small retailers, with many members who are more than willing to share their expertise. You’ll not only gain friends, but also connections that will help you pursue your little start-up.

6. Hang out with your friends’ friends.
Probably the easiest and the simplest way build new relationships is to hang out with your friends’ friends. At least both parties know someone in common, so it will be easier to break the ice and start conversations.

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