Make One-On-One Connections in an Online World
By Sandy Schroeder
We sometimes forget how important one-on-one connections can be as we fly around our online world. Online and face-to-face connections are vital for our health and well-being. As we move through our 30s, 40s and 50s, we really need to do both.
If you feel a little rusty, but want to reach out to the world around you, here are some good ways to start from Harvard Health.
Line up some fitness classes - Local gyms, YMCAs and community recreation classes all offer the chance to meet new people for yoga, spin classes, water aerobics or stretching. Get to know your fellow classmates and keep looking for more classes.
Call up old friends - In a busy world it is easy to lose track of longtime friends. Take the time to find those people and reach out to meet to catch up.
Make room for new interests - Learn to play an instrument, do watercolors, knit or play bridge. Or perhaps you want to take a photography, wilderness hiking, or sculpture class. Local recreation centers, high schools and junior colleges may have the classes you want and new people to meet. You can also use meetup.com to search for more possibilities.
Do a new job - If you have a free evening or two you, might find a part-time spot in a related field, or one you have always wanted to try. You will meet new people and find out what it feels like to do a different job.
Lend a hand - Volunteering is needed everywhere. Offer your time and talents to your local library, soup kitchen or animal or marine shelter. You will meet people just like yourself who want to help. You may also find yourself helping to clean your local beach or park, talk with a lonely senior, or work with a children's ward in the hospital.
Circulate in your community - Most of us have our usual grooves that we retrace around our town. Breaking out to check out new coffeehouses, art museums, bookshops or music centers could put you in touch with a whole new group of people.
Be open to the moment - When you are out walking in the park, jogging after work or running in the morning, reach out to other active souls. You can also take your dog for visits to dog parks, or look for kindred souls who love music, cars, boats or bikes.
Wherever you are, be willing to reach out to strangers when it seems appropriate. You may discover lots of other people out there who might welcome more one-on-one interactions with the world, too.
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