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By Amanda Chatel. And you know what? That right there is opening you up to meeting new people.
At the very least, you'll make friends with more potentially cute buddies. Next time you see a hot person reading a book you love, consider striking up a conversation with them about it.
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If you're shy about going out alone, bring a book or a journal at first, and take small steps to get comfortable with the feeling. Expanding our social circle, or at the very least, keeping it intact, is very important when you're trying to meet someone.
But if a friend wants to set you up on a date, DO IT. Your friends know you well enough to know what type of person will click with you. Back when I used to drink like every day was my last day on earth, I was one of a dozen regulars at a couple bars, and it was a great way to meet people.
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Of course, you need to be safe and should never feel harassed— but sometimes, society has made us believe we're always in danger, when in reality, we might actually sometimes enjoy the thrill of talking to a stranger. Find your favorite cafe, bar, bookstore, restaurant, or place to listen to live music and see how it feels to become a regular. I know, I know. What they are are magical, furry gifts that, if you have the time, not only make you a happier person, but get you hitting up the dog park.
But considering how long the human race existed before the dawn of the Internet and online dating, it looks like meeting people in real life was actually working for them.
Making eyes at the cutie across from you the whole ride? They might have a cute buddy. Remember how it was so easy to meet people when you were in school? Consider trying not to look at your phone all night, and see what happens.
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Look at our list of romantic dates to take yourself onand remember: no matter who you meet or don't meet, you're one hot date. Consider handing them a piece of paper with your before you get off the train. This is your best case scenario for meeting people IRL, so don't roll your eyes at it. You can, too. Here's are the 11 best places to meet people — IRL. Even if you know, for a fact, that you will never date any of your coworkers which is probably a good thingyou never know who they might ask, from outside the office, to tag along.
If you can travel alonethen even better. You can do that again.
Volunteering is awesome in more ways than one. So maybe being set up by your Aunt Edie is going to result in you being bored, because Aunt Edie never really understood you. Consider volunteering for a cause you care about, and see who you meet. Sure, it's brave — but it's also a thrill.
So if a coworker invites you go to someplace else after Happy Hour, them. Once upon a time, in an age before the Internet, the only way to meet people was to leave your apartment and interact with humanity. It's a great way to find out what's going on and to get slightly outside your comfort zone, without having to show up somewhere completely alone. Those harmless office friends?
I myself have never done the online dating thing.