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Sure, meeting new people can be hard. No one especially likes getting out of their comfort zone, but when have moved to a new location, putting yourself out there is a great way to help make your surroundings more comfortable and start actually feeling like home. Believe it or not, by simply extending your hand and offering a warm hello, you could be off on the first steps of creating some of the most lasting and meaningful friendships of your life. Consider the following tips to help you get started.
OK, so it might be a cheap trick, but if you can come up with some type of gimmick or idea this could be a great way to break the ice and meet your new neighbors. Asking someone to borrow a cup of sugar or flour (or whatever) could work, as long as you don’t overdo it.
Just be sure to also introduce yourself and try to actually have a real conversation. Obviously, not everyone on the other end will be interested in this, but go ahead and try anyway. Most people will be very friendly and reciprocate your friendship. Soon, you may become best friends!
Use Your Skills, Talents
Do you bake? Then why not consider making a batch of cookies or brownies or something good and then share with a neighbor? This is an excellent way to break the ice. You could also bring a cup of coffee or tea.
- Bake a cake
- Banana bread
- Apple, peach, blueberry pie
- Move-in or housewarming party
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Children also work great as a gimmick. Play with them outside in the yard or even go for walks around the neighborhood and just smile and say hello to people. Eventually, you will start meeting the neighbors.
Conversations, Not Just Platitudes
Many people do not have real conversations these days. But if you are interested in actually meeting and getting to know someone, then give real answers…and ask real questions. Maybe ask them about things to do around town. Show them you are really looking to become a part of the fabric of the local community. Then, give them a chance to help.
If you end up having a decent conversation, consider inviting them to your house for coffee, tea, soda, and/or snacks. Even if you still have boxes everywhere! They will understand that you are still getting settled, and the gesture will go a long way toward cementing a new friendship.