Your squad can actually help you live longer—but the struggle to find them is real. GirlGangs are priceless for empowerment and support, but the reality is that as adults, most of us struggle to find a co-captain, let alone a whole squad. In fact, a whopping 40 percent of Americans feel like they lack companionship or meaningful relationships and that they're isolated from others, according to a study last year from health insurer Cigna. What's more, it's Generation Z and millennials who report feeling the loneliest right now, not the stereotypical older generation. And feeling lonely is a big deal-having social support is about way more than just a shoulder to cry on, says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.
6 Easy Ways to Make Friends as an Adult
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It can be hard to admit you're lonely and want more friends but I decided to do something about it. With 13 contributors all trying to become new friends in One Hot Summer , our writer Rad talks about how she found the experience of making new pals as an adult. When I turned 28 this year, I looked around at the friends who'd made the effort to come to my birthday. In many ways, it was like the other birthdays that had come before: roughly 20 people were there, a dozen or so had cancelled at the last minute, and a handful of my very closest friends had really gone the extra mile.
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7 Ways To Make New Friends As An Adult, Because It's Not As Easy As It Sounds
As a young adult, it often feels like you don't even have to think about how to make friends. You've got college classes full of peers, a seemingly never-ending social calendar, and you never find it difficult to strike up a conversation with a stranger in a bar. Fast forward a few decades , however, and things aren't quite so simple. Managing the day-to-day family unit is tough enough, let alone trying to find time to squeeze in a social life.
In this way, we accumulate friendships that sometimes last a lifetime. It might not be that we have a difficult character, but our circumstances are unfavorable for friendship … we have less free time, spend more time at work, and have more responsibilities in general. So where can we start if we want to make new friends? Here we offer some suggestions that might help.