Within the world of globalisation, there are still times that we tend to feel alone in the crowd.
Many people often experience loneliness for various reasons, but mainly because they miss a like-minded friend, who would join them in activities, such as enjoying a good movie at the cinema or a play at the theatre or even just for a walk talking about their interests while drinking a coffee.
Clearly, not everyone is lucky to find the one or ones to fit perfectly together, yet in Beverley that is not the case.
In fact, technology and the world of Internet has stepped in, giving the possibility to people who want to get social to meet up with their new potential best friends. There are various tips for making friends, and certainly within online communities this can seem a lot easier.
Though that may seem strange, real events, such as the story of Angela Shingler can convince even a sceptic. After the loss of her husband, Angela joined the Meetup app in need of a social life, and she has not regretted it since.
Hence, she has suggested ‘This is a great way to meet new people – you never know but they might become your friends!’. Without even having to leave her town, she has managed to get to know people from Beverley that share the same interests and now she has gained back her social life.
Furthermore, free websites, like goingtogether.co.uk which is mainly designed for women, give the chance to many people who seek a person that shares the same passions to join them in numerous events around Beverley or even organise one. It can be as simple as the click of a button, yet the ‘talking’ will set the base of the foundation of a new friendship.
Though internet can give you the means, it is in your hands how you use them. Yet, the most important thing to keep in mind is to always be yourself and trust people in your life, making even the first step to get a friendship going.
A psychology professor and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity in California comments on the fact that people ‘have an internal alarm clock that goes off at big life events,’ which prevents them of socialising as much as they did during their adulthood, resulting in the fact that making friendships become more difficult to achieve by time. Thus, being social and not closing the doors to people that seem interesting will do the work.
On the whole, as hard as it may seem sometimes to make a new friend, there are ways to help people to create this unique bond with others that they would not even imagine. Moreover, it is of great importance to maintain good connections with people in our life, and as a Harvard study has resulted: people having ‘friends are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.’ So, it is clear how people in our life can affect our wellbeing, no matter if it is a long lost friend from the past, or a new one you just met online.