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How to Make Friends

by eHow Relationships & Family Editor

Do you have a hard time making friends? It sometimes can be difficult, but this is not a skill that we cannot improve. In fact, once you start making friends, it actually is addictive and a lot of fun. The key thing to making friends is being a friend yourself and being genuine. Remember, the more practice you get, the better you become.

Smile. It's contagious!

Address the person you'd like to make friends with by his or her name. This shows that you are interested in getting to know them.

Be genuine. People are naturally attracted to someone who is sincere and genuinely interested in them.

Relax. Be yourself.

Ask questions that will help them start talking. Don't ask questions that are too personal in nature.

Be a good listener.

Build on common ground, such as interests or hobbies.

Respect differences of opinion; that's what makes friendship exciting. Be objective and open-minded.

Give compliments when called for. People always appreciate positive feedback.

Keep in touch by inviting them to do something fun together.

Follow up with them after that.

Enjoy your friendship.