How to Become a Friend Magnet
Whether you have one good friend or many, having deep social connections we can turn to in both good and bad times in our life is a big plus. If you are in a situation where you don’t have close friends or where you would like to meet a few more – there are ways to improve your chances. Choose any or all of these strategies to help you become a magnet for friends:
Be Confident – confidence is attractive, and if you play the part – people will notice. This doesn’t mean you should be overly confident or cocky. Simply project that you are comfortable in your own skin. If you have trouble doing this, try practicing positive affirmations on a daily basis.
Smile – A smile is attractive and it indicates that you are open and receptive to friendship. Try to be upbeat as much as possible, even when you are having a down day. It’s important to project yourself as someone who is pleasant and enjoys life. If you need help with this try practicing gratitude. Keep a journal and write in it each day. Write down 3-5 things that you are grateful for each day. It doesn’t need to be anything huge….the small things are important too. When you aren’t feeling so cheery, refer to your journal and that should help to improve your mood.
Follow Up – Whenever you have an interaction with someone – listen to what they have said and follow-up. You can call them, email or message something related to what you discussed, or make a reference to something the person said. This will make the other person feel validated and they will know that you have heard and processed the conversation you had.
Be Yourself – The most important strategy of all is to be yourself! Be the best version of you and that is exactly what will give you lasting friendships. You want to attract friends who have something in common with you and who you can relate to.
So be authentic while you are working on these strategies. Soon you will find yourself surrounded by great friends!