8 Practical Steps to Strengthen Your Social Connection

1. Try to stay in touch with your existing friends and family. Try regular phone calls, text messages, or email.

2. Schedule regular get-togethers with your friends, family, and possibly work colleagues. A simple weekly coffee or lunch date may work, or organize a get-together with more people in a bar, dinner party, or BBQ.

3. Get involved / volunteer in your community, group activities, (professional) associations, or clubs that align with your interests. Find an organization where you can share your passions and contribute at the same time.

4. Be open to new experiences and meeting new people. This could include taking a class or workshop, attending a networking event or meet-up, or trying out a new hobby.

5. Try being more approachable and friendly. Smile, make eye contact, and signal that you are ready for a conversation. Move with deliberation.

7. Give rather than ask: Perform acts of kindness for others without expecting anything in return.

6. Practice active listening. Ask questions and listen to what others have to say. Avoid judgment.

8. In a safe environment, share something personal and relatable about you: Maybe a challenge you have faced and overcome, something that touched you, or a personal development you are experiencing.



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