Moving into a new neighbourhood is very exciting, but many of us are a bit timid when it comes to meeting new people. Try some of these tips to help get to know those who live around you and create new lasting friendships.
Put yourself out there, it’s helpful to spend time in your front yard, balcony, or a common area such as a park. By simply placing yourself out in common areas you are more likely to make connections with people just by being available. A quick “hello” while grabbing the mail can be all it takes to spark a conversation.
Set a goal to meet one new person per week. This doesn’t have to be a formal introduction, just acquaint yourself. All it takes is a quick “Hello, my name is…”
Try simple gestures like baking muffins and bringing them over. Make the interaction brief and friendly. Let them know that you are new to the neighbourhood and where you live. This shows that you are making a genuine effort to get to know those around you.
Join an organization or attend a community event. Look around the neighbourhood for posters or flyers that contain information on dates and locations of these events. Often, other people are looking to make social connections as well and these scenarios are the perfect place to branch out.
Feel more comfortable at home? Hold a housewarming party, feel free to invite as many or as few people as you want. This allows you to feel confident in your new home while opening up to others in a familiar environment.
Take a walk around the block. This allows you to get more familiar with the area and scope out people you would like to get to know. You can also discover other people who take walks regularly and see if they would like to join you. Have a dog? Take him for a walk and be open to making doggie dates with your neighbours pets!
Just say hi. Make it a habit to say hi, or good morning or good evening when you see your neighbours out and about. It’s a quick gesture that when combined with a sincere smile can do wonders.
Offer your help, whether you are a handyman or not sometimes all it takes is helping to scrape the snow off someones car or offering jumper cables. People often remember these actions and are more willing to help you in the future.
See other children in the area? Plan a play date for your kids. This lets them begin to build new friendships while allowing you to get to know their parents as well.
Take these new tips and get out there and make new friends! If you are still timid, take your time and remember a genuine smile can make a lasting impression.