17 Dec A Great Excuse to Make New Friends – Socializing in the Holidays
The holiday season often brings joy and happiness, but there are many people who aren’t able to enjoy it as much as others. There could be tons of reasons behind their inability to enjoy the holidays. Senior citizens, mainly, are victims of the issue, mostly because many of them do not have anyone to accompany them. Some of their immediate family and friends could have either passed away, left them behind, or moved elsewhere. Therefore, many seniors spend their lives in solitude, which is never a good thing, especially during the holiday seasons.
There are numerous problems associated with loneliness. It is more accurate for seniors as their lack of social life leaves them without someone to rely on or share their feelings with. Lack of companionship not only isolates them but also puts them in a lot of distress. This holiday season, you do not have to feel alone anymore, as we will discuss some practical ways to seek companionship that will help you not only during the holidays but beyond them as well.
Actively Looking for Friends
It does not matter what your age is; there is no shame in looking for friends. Sure, this is easier said than done, but you have to try. If you can overcome shyness and fear of rejection you start initiating conversations with different people. Try to find some common interest or activity that you can talk about for hours. There are thousands of other people waiting to become friends with you, and as long as you actively look for them, you will find them eventually.
Take Advantage of the Holiday Spirit
Being shy or unable to start a conversation does not mean that you have to avoid conversations altogether. In fact, you can use the holidays themselves as an icebreaker to lighten up the mood and talk about other things if the dialogue flows well. If the person speaking to you enjoys your company, they could invite you over for a dinner or a party. Better yet, you can invite them for dinner too. It could help solve your companionship issues.
Do not wait for others to invite you to a social activity. Most people do not like to spend a lot of time organizing events. You, on the other hand, should not wait around. Organize a friendly get together. It does not have to be too big. Just a few people would do. The people you invite could very well be in a similar situation and will appreciate your efforts and company also, especially at this time of year.
So, take the initiative and make friends to enjoy your holidays. In most cases, the companionship lasts for a lifetime. You can also go to a senior center or senior living community. There are tons of likeminded people over there to enjoy friendship with.