Being with people is good for our health and studies have found that good friendships help to relieve stress and that we change our friends every seven years, maybe as a reflection of our own life changing as we transition from one stage to another. Sadly it seems that the opportunities to form strong friendship bonds with others decreases as we go through life,.
Making new friends especially as we get older can be tricky, opportunities seem to dry up if we don’t put in the effort. Good friendships are valuable, and will see us through difficult times as well as share in our good times. But the essential ingredients needed to create friendship remains the same what ever our life stage; consistent contact and a focus on a shared experience, whether it’s in the classroom, through the workplace, standing at school gates or taking up retirement activities. Friendships need a shared history, familiarity and trust that the friends we are making will listen to us, accept us and support us. Here are a couple of good resources for hints on making friends.
This one is for older adults http://www.laterlife.com/laterlife-making-friends.htm And this one is a great guide, helpful for people of any age www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships-communication/making-good-friends.htm