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How to Make Smart Friends

by Christy Bowles

Meeting and getting acquainted with new friends can be challenging depending on your location and your age. When you wish to connect with a well-educated group of friends, it may be difficult depending on your location and peer group. You'll have an easier time connecting with smart friends if you engage in intellectual pursuits that interest you. Joining a community service group, continuing education class or book club may help you meet people you feel you connect with intellectually.

Identify your intellectual interests. When you hope to meet smart friends, it's important to identify what kind of intelligence you're searching for. For example, some individuals have a specific knowledge of cooking or interior design, while others may be well-versed in politics. After you identify a specific knowledge base that interests you, join groups and network among new people who share those interests.

Expand your professional circles. You may be able to meet some smart friends by socializing with coworkers. If you currently work in a field that you don't find intellectually challenging, join a community club or discussion group related to your field of interest. For example, if you'd like to make some smart friends who are involved in the real estate business, join a business group related to real estate. Branching out socially in your area of expertise is likely to connect you to intelligent, like-minded people.

Invite new people to social activities. Once you come in contact with new acquaintances, make an effort to initiate a friendship by inviting the person to engage in some casual activity, such as having coffee, talking a walk, having lunch or playing tennis. Find something that you both enjoy and make the effort to get better acquainted,

Plan group events or social gatherings with the smart individuals you have become acquainted with so a group can get to know one another. This works well with groups that share common interests, such as a profession or academic studies, or community interests, such a business or politics. If your event includes a variety of talented, well-educated people, you're likely to make more social connections and network with a wider variety of intelligent individuals.

About the Author

Christy Bowles has 15 years of experience in the field of education, with 10 years working in mental health and wellness. She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety and substance abuse, with a focus on alternative treatment modalities. Bowles holds a Master of Education from Harvard University.

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