Friends, buddies, chums, confidantes – whatever you call them, friends add spice to our lives. In fact, having a strong group of friends is key to being happy, according to a study of 222 college students at the University of Illinois, Champaign. The happiest students in the study reported rich and satisfying social relationships.
Don Gabor, author of How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends (Fireside, 2001), offers the following tips:
-Go to places where you can meet people. Join a gym, club or church group or volunteer.
-Smile, and make eye contact, say hello and start a friendly conversation when the opportunity arises.
-After learning that you have mutual interests, suggest doing something outside of your initial meeting place.
(Source: Arthritis Today magazine, September-October 2003.).