05/14/2013 09:12 am ET Updated Oct 15, 2014

12 Tips For Making New Friends At Any Age


Having great friends is one of life's most wonderful rewards. I know I'd be lost without my closest girlfriends, and I realize how very lucky I am to have them in my life. Just knowing there is always someone to call, to confide in, to laugh and cry with is a tremendous comfort. But, of course, not all friendships are perfect, and there's no guarantee that even the best ones will last forever.

When you're young, single, in school or just starting out professionally, you're surrounded by lots of other people who are all in the same boat and new friends seem to be everywhere. Life is just beginning to unfold, and change is everywhere, and that means a constant stream of new adventures, new possibilities and new people.

But as we get older, we can sometimes find ourselves becoming a bit more reserved, and a little less open to change. We get settled into our families, our careers and our routines. And sometimes the friendships in our lives can fall away for any number of reasons, leaving us feeling a little less connected and a little more isolated.

As an adult, it can be hard to meet new people and start new relationships -- especially after a divorce, after the kids are grown, after being laid off or becoming a widow. But it may not be as hard as you think to make new friends in mid-life and beyond.

We reached out to "The Friendship Doctor," Irene Levine, to give us some tips on how to reach out and find new friends at any age. Her advice is fabulous and practical. It's all about taking small steps, opening up, reaching out and realizing that you are not the only one out there looking for new friends.

Take a look.

Making Friends As An Adult