A shy girl's guide to making friends
If you're the girl who is terrified of group projects at school or seeing someone you know in public, it's safe to say you're shy. Being shy isn't a bad thing...but sometimes it can stop you from branching out and making new friends because you're scared to speak up. Here are some helpful tips to kick shyness to the curb and meet some new gal pals.
Do what you love.
Find an activity that you truly enjoy like dancing or cooking. Although it sounds cliche, try joining a club at school in the fall and get to know the people who like doing the same things you do. This will be an easy conversation starter with the other students around you and it also let's you get more practice with being social outside the classroom.
Stick with the people that make you laugh.
If someone can make you laugh, it will be easier to approach them and talk to them on a daily basis. Find the friends you want to be with because of you they are, not because of their popularity status. If both of you have the same sense of humor, the friendship was meant to be.
Put yourself out there.
Easier said than done, we know, but try introducing yourself to someone new at your BFF's pool party and see where the conversation goes. You have nothing to lose! In fact, most people will be in the same position as you, aka looking to make new friends but too nervous to make the first move.
Use your other friends to make new friends.
You may not have very many friends, and that's okay (quality not quantity, remember that). By using the friends you already have, try introducing yourself to their friends and build a stronger friendship. This is the easiest way to build your social circle so don't be afraid to use your connections.
People tend to gravitate towards you if you're smiling so show off your pearly whites. If you look friendly and inviting, people will be more likely to approach you. It may be a little awkward at first, but you will be on your way to finding the perfect BFF.
Do you have any advice for making new friends? Share you advice with us in the comments!