Hobbies That Can Introduce You To New Friends

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Making new friends as a young adult can be just as hard, if not harder, as making friends as a young kid or teen. Seriously.

Finding friends in your 20s

When you were in elementary, middle, and high school, all you really had to do is sit in the same class to make a new friend. During your younger years you probably had a new BFF every year – or every couple of years – or even every couple of months or days! Not so much anymore. Sitting in a room with another young adult often yields you nothing but silence – and awkwardness, of course.

The truth is “adulting” can be lonely and depressing sometimes, especially if you are lacking in the “friendship department.” However, having hobbies are not only fun and productive but they can also introduce you to new friends in an almost effortless way.

No, sitting in a room with other young adults won’t automatically make you new friends. However, it will open the door. It will introduce you to new people who could eventually become your new BFFs. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it?

Start with a hobby

A hobby really may be the Godsend you’ve been waiting for all your adult life (which honestly hasn’t been that long). It may just be the inspiration you need to “put yourself out there.”

Hobbies are beneficial because they not only increase your self-esteem and self-confidence, they also provide you with a sense of triumph, help you learn more about yourself, and introduce you to a wide variety of new and interesting people.

These pastimes not only take away the loneliness but also help you meet other people who share your interests and passions. It’s a win-win situation. So, what do you like to do? What gets you fired up? Once you have determined what sparks joy in your life – go for it. Sign-up for it.

Don’t have a hobby or can’t think of one?

There are thousands of hobbies on just about any topic to choose from. There are even hobbies specifically for introverts. If you don’t think you’d like to try any hobbies that can introduce you to new friends, then enroll in a class at your local college on a topic that interests you – i.e. culinary, psychology, religion, politics, aerospace, STEM, accounting/statistics/math, English Lit/grammar, physical fitness, calligraphy, etc.

Still not your thing? Try enrolling in beauty school or a fitness class at your local gym. The possibilities are endless. You just have to determine what you want to do and how to make it happen.

No, making new friends as a 20-something isn’t easy, which is why it’s important to be creative and inventive when seeking new adult friends. With some help from the suggestions below, you’ll be off to a good start!




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Book club

Do you love to read? If so, consider joining a book club! A book club is a hobby that can introduce you to new friends. Book clubs help you meet a wide variety of passionate and interesting people, who share your passion – reading. This hobby also helps to open your mind and introduces you to books you probably wouldn’t select on your own.
 
Don’t have time to go to local book club meetings – no problem! You can always join an online book club. Facebook and Goodreads have some pretty cool online book clubs for pretty much any genre.
 
What if there are not any local book clubs near you and you can’t find one online that suits your needs? Start your own book club – local or online.

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Fitness

Another hobby that will help you meet likeminded people and make new friends is a fitness club or class. Although joining this type of club or attending this type of class can be a little scary at first, it could become the place that you feel the most comfortable over time.
 
More specifically, a fitness club or class can improve your physical fitness and performance – and help you gain supporters who can hold you accountable, console you when you’re not advancing as quickly as you had hoped, and celebrate your accomplishments.

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Food and wine

Do you love to eat? Enjoy a good bottle of wine after a long day at work? If so, you may want to consider a food and wine club. What is that? It’s a club or hobby that introduces you to people who share your love of good food and delicious wines. The good news is there are tons of food and wine events for “foodies” who love to eat, drink, and be merry.
 
Food and wine festivals and tours (at home or on vacation) are great places to indulge in your hobby while meeting a variety of new and fun people with interesting life stories. Vineyards are also great places to sip on wine while munching on cheese and crackers, and chatting with others, who are there for a similar experience. 
 
If you love good food and wine, this is the hobby for you. You’ll have a ton of fun while meeting new people. And, you may just learn something new from your newfound friends. Don’t forget to ask questions if you want to know more about the food, wine, or your new friends. Foodies love to share their knowledge and passion with others!

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You can learn more about hobbies that can introduce you to new friends by reading the following articles which we reviewed to be the best: 10 Fun Hobbies to Help You Make New Friends, Log On and Make a New Friend with These Websites, and 7 Benefits of Having a Hobby.

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Dr. R. Y. Langham

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Ph.D. in Family Psychology

Ree has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She spent over ten years counseling families, couples, individuals, and children on adjustment issues such as blended families, same-sex couples, dysfunctional family relationships, relationship issues, etc. Now she writes for famous health organizations and is a published author.
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