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Have you struggled with making lasting and meaningful friendships as an adult? It’s easy enough to start hanging out with classmates in high school or coworkers at your first real job, but many people lose steam on finding new friends in their 20’s and beyond. We’ve rounded up a few tips on how to make friends as an adult to help you build up your personal community.

Be Open to Opportunities

If you want to make new friends, you’ll need to keep yourself open to others.

Be Intentional About Finding Friends

True friendships rarely happen completely by accident. Make it a goal to hang out with new people.

Be Reliable

It can be frustrating to be friends with a flaky person. Try to be the type of person you’s want to be friends with.

Have Realistic Expectations

You’re unlikely to make lifelong friends after a single happy hour together.

Choose Wisely

Just because you’re feeling lonely doesn’t mean you need to surround yourself with people who aren’t good for you.

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Know the Qualities You Value

Chances are good that you have an idea of your personal pet peeves and what you admire in others.

Take Friendships Seriously

If you want to bridge that gap between acquaintance and friendship, you’ll need to put in the work.

Know What You Have to Offer

There’s no reason to sell yourself short. Be confident in your own value as a friend.

Leave the Past Behind

If you’ve had particularly toxic friendships in the past, try not to let those old feelings carry over into your new friendships.

Be Yourself

You shouldn’t have to change who you are just to make new friends. It’s normal for people to grow over time, but you don’t need to completely reinvent yourself to fit into a new crowd.

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