Not having friends is worse for your health than being fat. Researchers at Brigham Young University found that people with close friends have less stress, lower blood pressure and are less likely to suffer from depression. And people with strong social relationships are 50-percent less likely to die early than people without a tight social circle.
First: Start at work. Most friendships are based on things you have in common. So if you see someone in the company cafeteria every day, you already have two things in common – your workplace and where you eat lunch.
Also Google a long-lost friend. You may have fallen out of touch as your lives changed. But they might even be a better friend now that you’re both older and more mature.
Finally: Do something new. Take a cooking class, take up tennis, or become a volunteer. And once you start seeing the same people on a regular basis, it won’t be as intimidating to say something like, “Hey, want to grab a cup of coffee?”