“A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same.” – Elbert Hubbard
Do you find it easy to make new friends? Tell us how you’ve mastered the art of befriending a new person.
But to put a quasi-scientific spin to the above question: the ease of my making friends depends on the person, the situation, and/or common interests that may link us (that should pretty cover everything under the sun).
As an auto-didact with a strong sense of independence, I see less of a need to befriend a new person than a want. Thus, friendship is a luxury, but one that may reap (unexpected) mutual benefits in the present or near future. (Clearly, I have been watching one too many episodes of The Big Bang Theory).
Breaking the ice with topics that are neutral (the weather) or partisan (politics, economy, culture, etc.) is usual a good starting point; a crackerjack sense of humour in encapsulating them is a necessity (on my part, anyways). Bonus points to my new friend if s/he can respond in kind.
A well-rounded individual is one that I find attractive in a friend and will warm to rather quickly. I gravitate towards like-minded people. You know, that “birds of a feather” attraction. Great looks and charisma/popularity are not necessary traits, and peccadilloes can often be overlooked or tolerated.
Of course, for the four-legged or winged type of friends, none of the above criteria need apply; the simple experience of being with them, a wordless but communicable understanding, is enough.
Puppy and Kitty Photo credit: PublicDomain Images / PixaBay.
See more at Daily Prompt: Why Can We Be Friends?