When gaining friendships, it is important for a person to know how to become friendly with others in order to make connections with other people and hopefully, build everlasting friendships. However, there are certain things that a person has to practice in order to become the “friendly type” of person. This can be quite a challenge for those who are overly shy or those who have social phobias. But since it is important to make connections, it is not such a bad idea to practice being friendlier.
How do I start becoming more friendly?
The building block of becoming a friendly person starts with being approachable. Being friendly is one thing but giving an approachable aura is another thing. Being approachable gives the other people hints that you are willing to start a connection.
The first thing that you want to do to become approachable is to smile. Smiling can definitely put anyone at ease, and will give them the idea that you are having fun at the moment. But make sure that you are smiling at appropriate moments. There are also ways on having that aura that makes you look like you’re smiling though you’re really not, and that is by thinking happy thoughts. This way, you smile with your eyes and you give off an aura that you’re happy! When you’re in a social gathering and you want to seem approachable, don’t avoid eye contact! When you catch someone’s eye, make sure that you smile a little or acknowledge them with a nod to encourage them to approach you.
The next thing that you want to practice is how to open up using your body language. Having a closed off aura is something that will send people out of your way, so avoid the following: being glued to your cellphone, wearing an unreadable expression, crossing your arms, avoiding eye contact, and overdressing because these are things that make people think that you have this mood that does not intend to connect with other people.
Establishing eye contact is also great if you want to seem like an approachable person. As they say, the eyes are the windows to a person’s soul, so if you know how to connect to others with eye contact, then you are guaranteed to have a chance at making connections and friends anywhere. If you’re in a social gathering, make sure that you are not avoiding eye contact, but you also want to make sure that you are not overdoing it because you might send of a “creep” aura.
After practicing ways on how to be approachable, now what?
Now that you’ve tried to be approachable, the next step is to go and approach other people yourself! Engage in small talk, with someone or join in group conversations! But you have to be careful when engaging in small talk. Know the right things to say, and the right way of saying it. Start with funny stories or funny questions, and once you have the attention of the other person, then you can go for having a conversation. Just make it as casual and light as you can. Being approachable and knowing how to approach others are the lethal combinations that show people that you are friendly! In fact, those are the only two things that you need in order to become friendlier towards other people.
Knowing how to look like you’re ready to build connections and having the ability to make new friends will make you a more sociable and friendlier person! This will help you level up on having a lot of connections, and helps you become more confident as well.