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The Art Of Making New Friends

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Loneliness is a universal experience, and building friendships can sometimes be a challenging endeavor. Whether you're new to a workplace, moving to a new city, or simply looking to expand your social circle, the art of making new friends is a skill worth nurturing.

Join us for an insightful session on "The Art of Building Meaningful Connections" where we'll explore effective strategies for overcoming loneliness and making new friends in various social settings. Our expert, Pertunia, will share practical tips and techniques to help you foster a sense of belonging and build meaningful connections.

Recognizing the Importance of Connection

As human beings, we are wired for connection. Meaningful friendships provide us with support, understanding, and a sense of belonging. Research shows that strong social connections can have a positive impact on our mental health and overall well-being.

Overcoming Social Anxiety

For many, the fear of rejection or feeling out of place can create barriers to forming new friendships. Pertunia will discuss techniques to overcome social anxiety, such as practicing self-compassion, challenging negative thought patterns, and gradually exposing oneself to social situations.

Building Authentic Relationships

Authenticity is key to forming meaningful connections. Our expert will guide you through the process of identifying your values, interests, and passions, and how to communicate them effectively when meeting new people. By being true to yourself, you can attract like-minded individuals who appreciate you for who you are.

Navigating Social Settings

Understanding the dynamics of different social settings and knowing how to engage with others in a genuine and respectful manner is essential. Pertunia will offer practical guidance on initiating conversations, active listening, and building rapport with others, both in professional and casual contexts.

Leveraging Support Resources

In addition to in-person interactions, it's important to recognize the value of digital resources in building connections. October's digital group sessions, assessments, and content about mental health can serve as valuable tools in understanding oneself and connecting with others. Pertunia will discuss how these resources can complement your efforts to make new friends and combat feelings of isolation.


Building meaningful connections and making new friends is a journey that requires patience, courage, and self-awareness. The art of making new friends is an ongoing process, and by applying these strategies and techniques, you can cultivate a supportive social network and enrich your life with rewarding relationships.

Remember, you are not alone in your quest to make new friends, and there are resources and experts available to support you along the way. Let's embark on this journey together and discover the joy of meaningful connections.

Join us for the session on "The Art of Building Meaningful Connections" and take the first step towards creating a more connected and fulfilling social life.

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