Making friends as an adult can be HARD.  Some people are exceptionally good at making friends regardless of the stage of life they are at, but for most people we’ve spoken with making friends a few years out of school can be pretty tough, especially if you have recently moved to a new city.  Check out some interesting perspectives below.

Kristina Rowe | Dallas Blogger, Local Business Fan & Happiness Aficionado

As adults, we often create our own roadblocks to making friends. We say “that won’t work for me,” or “Meetup is lame” or “ no one has time to get together.” Sometimes, we’re not sure people will like and accept us, so we make excuses for not reaching out. If we want to make more connections with other people, we have to start knocking down those roadblocks. Here’s an idea that might help. Just about everyone has at some point tried to coax a smile out of a baby. It’s a low-risk, high-reward activity. Try to think of making new friends in the same way. Read more>>

Gail Delger | Artist

I think as an artist it is real easy to make friends if you join some art organizations. Everyone is like minded, we all like watching paint dry. The people are all very friendly too. Read more>>

Troy Dunn | Troy Dunn Insurance owner

As we grow up and away from school friends it seems most lives drift apart. New groups of friends are formed. The best way to make a new friend is to find common interest. No matter where I am at, I seem to make conversation and it leads to common interests. My go-to is kids. We are so involved with our kids activities from softball, cheer and gymnastics its easy to make friends with people who are there supporting their kids as well. The main concept in any scenario is to say hello to someone. Create conversation. Read more>>

Helen Buck | Maker and Wanderer

I have to say that I’ve enjoyed longterm friendships from my childhood into adulthood. Those are special for sure but the friends I made and am making in my adult life are deliberate and not quite as dependent on chance alone. Think about that. It’s by chance you were seated next to “MaryJo” in first grade. You got to know her and share life experiences throughout your younger school years. Those experiences are deep connections and can last a lifetime. Read more>>

Armánd Johnson | Artist and Photographer

One aspect of adulthood is connecting with people with similar interests as you and the love each of you has for that interest. The current state of the nation has regulated many to only interacting through online means such as video games, social media, and online learning. Through these avenues, many of us have discovered new interests and made new connections with sincere individuals in those communities. Read more>>

Diana Einstein | Executive Director & Mom

As an adult, most friends are placed into a certain category: professional or work friend, family friend, personal friend, parent of my kids’ friends’ friend. Often times we meet someone within one of these categories and develop a base friendship there. Depending on how the friendship is formed, some adults feel they must be guarded or resist crossing the line into becoming “real” friends. If things go well, the friendship leaps through that first category and into someone you see or chat with outside of that first category. Read more>>