As adults we have childhood friends, high school friends, and friends we met when we lived in City X, but, sometimes we don’t have “right now” friends. Research shows that friends are important to our physical and mental health. "... people who do not have strong support from friends and family live shorter lives and suffer more from stress," says Cheryl A. Richey, Ph.D., professor of social work at the University of Washington. "Support from friends can give people the strength to make positive changes in their lives, like staying away from drugs or leaving an abusive relationship."
Start with an expectation. Expect to have many friends because you are worth it. Some people like to have more friends than others, so the number is really up to what you need, but a good goal for most people is to have five close friends. Okay, so where do you start? If you are looking to add friends to your support network, try one of these: