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These incredibly practical tips will help you to make friends as an adult

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Making friends as an adult is easier in settings where shared interests can spark conversation, such as art classes, hiking groups and book clubs.(Photo: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)
Making friends as an adult is easier in settings where shared interests can spark conversation, such as art classes, hiking groups and book clubs.(Photo: Getty Images/ Gallo Images)

How easy it was when, as a kid, you could just walk up to pretty much any other child in your social circle and ask them if they’d like to be your pal. 

There were no preconceptions, no nerves, little fear of being rejected, no hard feelings if things went south – which is probably why it was so easy to do it.

And it’s these very reasons that make it so hard to develop friendships as an adult. Yet as 2020 showed in devasta­tingly stark terms, we need human connection more than ever – and this includes making new friends. But it isn’t as easy as it was on the playground. In fact, some people in Japan have turned to renting a friend because it’s so hard to do as an adult. 

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