Making Friends as an Adult

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making friends as an adult

Do you struggle with making friends as an adult? You’ve come to the right place! Ursula Mentjes has fabulous tips for you.

Ursula Mentjes is a leading expert on success and business growth and a USA Today bestselling author of UpLevel NOW and five other non-fiction books. She is a business strategist and coach who works with entrepreneurs to double their monthly revenue in as little as 30 days while working less! She is also a keynote speaker and certified as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Coach. Ursula helps her clients release the limiting beliefs and blocks that hold them back from their greatest success.

In this episode of Last First Date Radio:

  • Why loneliness is the new pandemic
  • Why it’s more difficult to make friends as an adult
  • Tips for developing new friends as an adult
  • What to do if spouses or kids don’t like your new friend

EP 544: Ursula Mentjes – Making Friends as an Adult

You say loneliness is the new pandemic. What do you mean by that?

52% of Americans report being lonely. That’s half! Many people have no close friends, and to be mentally healthy, we need support. How can we move out of depression? Relationships with friends are significant.

Why is it more difficult to make friends as an adult?

People are busy. They have lives that are developed already.

What are some of your best tips to develop new friends as an adult?

You need to see someone regularly. Seven times or more.  You can meet people at the gym. At a PTA meeting. Your hairdresser. Business networking. You have to be the one who reaches out.

Once you connect with someone, get a time on the calendar before you leave or it won’t happen. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone.

Staying in touch in between is also important. Sending texts and sharing book recommendations or other things they might find interesting.

What do you do if your spouses or significant others don’t seem to click?

If you don’t click, go do your thing and don’t hang out with the spouse or partner. Set that boundary with them so you don’t have to tolerate a relationship you don’t want to be in.

You just joined a new business networking group and you sat next to someone you could imagine being friends with. What do you do?

Ask for their phone number and text them. Then ask to hang out. Initiate the friendship and see where it goes.

What are your final words of advice for anyone who wants to make friends as an adult?

In my book, UPLevel now, one of the chapters is about being intentional about friendships. Be intentional. Write it down or it won’t happen. Your reticular activating system looks out for opportunities.

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