As a kid, friendships happened naturally. It was as easy as being in the same class or playing the same sport. Those childhood bonds formed effortlessly and sometimes lasted years. But as an adult, making new friends is a lot harder.
R emember how easy it used to be to make friends when we were younger? All it took was a simple:. As we get older, that all begins to shift as we search for more meaningful friendships—and ones that can fit within our already hectic lives. It's not an easy thing. It can feel nearly impossible to make friends as an adult. People tend to interact with fewer people as they get older, according to the New York Times. And they tend to develop closer relationships with the friends they already have instead of branching out.
Striking up friendships can be tricky — and studies show millions of us are lonely. Here, four people who forged new connections explain how they did it. Plus: psychologist Linda Blair gives her tips.
Things were so much easier when we were kids, including making friends. Back when saving for retirement and anti-aging creams were in the very distant future, maybe you didn't give much thought to chatting up your peers at the playground. But, now that socializing is probably at the bottom of your long list of priorities, you might be wondering how you'd even make friends as an adult in the first place, or why you should bother. Beyond having a close-knit group of people to vent about your problems with, or to accompany you on your next girls' trip , maintaining human, interpersonal relationships can significantly impact your physical and mental health. According to a report in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior , having strong social ties can boost your immune system and help you to live a longer, more fulfilling life.