In your vision of an ideal life, you undoubtedly picture key people at your side. Perhaps you want a boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, and/or children to share in your everyday moments. If a long-term relationship isn’t really your style, your friends become just as important as your family. But for many of us, meeting new people, making lifelong friends, or forming an intimate relationship doesn’t just happen. It requires strategic planning, goal-setting, and plenty of courage.
Think about your ideal social schedule and compare it to your current life.
Who’s missing in your life right now?
Who needs to be shown the door?
How do you react in social situations right now versus how you wish you would react?
We all have a need to belong and be loved, so we often fear rejection. Sometimes the biggest social success we can celebrate involves setting healthy boundaries. Did you learn a good technique for being more assertive around pushy people? For speaking up at work even if you want to express an unpopular opinion? For facing conflict head-on? Let’s hear it!
Social success stories can include any positive change you’ve made to your social life. Maybe you started a Sunday dinner tradition for your entire family, bringing your parents, siblings, aunts, cousins, and grandparents together on a regular basis.
Perhaps you never used to invite friends over, but now you’re regularly in the habit of setting up lunch dates, game nights, and birthday parties. Maybe you even share the skills you’ve learned by volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister.
If you made a change that’s meaningful to you, we welcome you to share it. Our readers feel inspired to learn how other people cultivated their ideal social life. If you’ve had to make a solid effort to improve your relationships or make friends, turn it into an even bigger success story by sharing your tips with the world.