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No Social Life in High School: My Part-Time Friends

January 9, 2012 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Why are my high school friends only my friends when we’re at school?   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a senior in high school and have no social life whatsoever. It’s not that I have no friends–I have a group of people that I’m really close with in school. We’re always together, talking, laughing, whatever. However, […]

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Words with Friends? Another Way to Make New Friends

January 7, 2012 | By | 10 Replies Continue Reading

If you are a nerdy wordy like me, you’ll love this story that I wrote for the NBC Universal website, Life Goes Strong, Words with Friends: A Serendipitous Way to make new friends. It’s about two people, one from Chicago and the other from the Netherlands, who met over this highly addictive word game and […]

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Friendship by the Book – MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

January 2, 2012 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

You might call Rachel Bertsche a serial dater. But that doesn’t quite capture her unique adventure. After relocating to Chicago, bereft of the strong network of friends, colleagues and familial supports she had in New York, the author spent 52 weeks prospecting for girlfriends in her search for a bestie.    She’s written a highly […]

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A Refrigerator List: 5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Friendships in 2012

January 1, 2012 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Maybe it’s a personal thing, but New Year’s resolutions don’t sit well with me. Picture a colorful bouquet of carefully selected balloons whose air fizzles out all too quickly. When I’ve made resolutions in years past, they were generally made with an initial burst of enthusiasm that fell flat well before the month of January […]

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Lonely in High School

December 29, 2011 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

The middle of high school can be a difficult time to make new friends, especially in small schools and small towns.   QUESTION Dear Irene, I’m a 17-year-old high school girl. Recently, my best friend since fifth grade quit talking to me. We never had a fight and I never thought anything was wrong. Just […]

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A newish mother finds it hard to make new friends

October 11, 2011 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

Making new friends takes time, self-confidence, and creativity   QUESTION Dear Irene, Friendships have become a sore point for me at this juncture in my life. I am in my 30s and have a lovely husband and toddler son. I used to work full time and hence, never really developed any friendships in my neighborhood. […]

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Never too old to make new friends

September 21, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

I recently interviewed an 86-year-old blogger named Millie Garfield who is absolutely inspiring! Before speaking to her, I thought I might be the oldest blogger in the world but she has me beat by a mile!   Millie began blogging in 2003 (In the blogosphere, that is the equivalent of decades ago!) and still blogs […]

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September is National Yoga Month

September 12, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

If you read this blog, you know that I’m always searching for ways for people to make new friends. Joining a yoga class is a great way to improve your health and emotional well-being—and connect with people.   As part of National Yoga Month, new members can take advantage of yoga classes in more than […]

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Making Friends Through Dance

July 19, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

Many of us are on the lookout for new friends. In the course of my research for an article I recently wrote on places to dance for Life Goes Strong, I interviewed several women who raved about how they had found improved fitness, new friends, and fun through dancing.   Contrary to what you might […]

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Need a new BFF? Take a summer course

June 21, 2011 | By | Reply Continue Reading

One of the easiest ways to make lasting friendships is by being a student. When people are in the same place, facing the same challenges, and meeting up with the same people day after day, finding new friendships seems effortless. Opportunities aren’t as plentiful after graduation but it’s never too late to go back to […]

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