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5 Social Activities to Expand Your Social Network


Social activities come in many shapes, forms and energy levels. Even though friendships can be some of the most rewarding relationships, often the work of selecting a social activity can be daunting. When researching social activity groups or events, consider the amount of time you have, money you are willing to spend and the things you enjoy doing. Here are five activities to consider:

1. Volunteer

Just like coworkers develop friendships over time, so do volunteers. Working side by side on the same task brings people together and provides them with a common ground. Soon, conversation based on volunteer duties turns to more personal topics--from this develops friendships. Unlike working, however, volunteering is not obligatory and can be completed on your schedule. This means that you can attend as often or as infrequently as you like. Additionally, you can choose to volunteer for causes dear to your heart or in positions that you are interested in. In this, volunteering gives you the opportunity to make a difference while having fun and making new friendships.

2. Join a Family Gym

No, this doesn't mean you should join an exercise club, but rather a gym designed specifically for parents and their children. Typically, these gyms offer groups to parents of children of the same age. These groups can meet on weekdays or weekends, making it possible for working and non-working parents to attend. These groups permit parents to meet one another while their children experience new things and get exercise. Friendships based on having children of the same age provide parents with reasons to visit each other and a common ground upon which to start building a deeper relationship.

3. Attend Instruction Classes

If you enjoy craft projects, consider attending a class offered by your local craft stores. If you enjoy baking or cooking, attend a class at your local grocery or specialty cooking store. To induce customers to buy more products, many stores offer free or low-cost instruction classes. Attending these classes is a great way to meet other people while participating in an activity you enjoy or learning a new talent. You might find that the same people attend classes on a regular basis, making it easier to strike up a conversation.

4. Join a Book Club

Most book stores host monthly book club meetings for readers of a particular genre. If you enjoy reading, these events may provide you with the opportunity to meet other individuals interested in the same things you are. Book club events should be listed online. The best attribute of these groups is that you are not required to contribute. If you didn't read the book, you can still attend and listen to others.

5. Start Exercising

Local community centers and gyms usually offer their group classes without requiring you to become a member. Attending these classes will allow you to get in shape while meeting new people. Usually, the same people attend the same classes on a regular basis, providing you with an opportunity to spend time with them without needing to approach them until you are ready to do so.

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