You may have a new restaurant pal (or walking partner, or drinking buddy) in no time.
No relationship is perfect—and even our very closest, best-of-best-friends-forever bonds can deeply disappoint us, or, worse, break apart.
“The hardest part of making new friends is finding time to spend with them while still giving my children time with me as a parent,” said one respondent, a 38-year-old man.
The death of many friendships is the entrance of a child, or a boyfriend or girlfriend, into your life.
As you can see below, there are many places to go to seek out a new acquaintance – parties or gatherings can’t be beat.
Millennials were most likely to go to a bar to seek out someone new.
Friends to go to the movies with, friends to go to restaurants with, friends to gossip with.We drop into the same rhythm, finish each other’s sentences, and feel completely understood.We may even consider some friends family because we’ve shared so much with them—heartsick moments, secrets that no one else knows, the depths of our insecurities. It’s always hard to imagine something coming between a friendship but even strong relationships crack sometimes—and it’s devastating.The numbers for Gen X were about the same as Millennials.(To be fair, Baby Boomers have had many more years to build their friend network).And of course, fun can’t be had without a little stress at home: 27% of men and 32% of women were jealous of their partner’s night out with friends.So cue up a buddy movie on Netflix, RSVP to the next gathering you’re invited to, and rehearse your witty opener.Why does it hurt so acutely when we split with a close friend? Sadness and anger are likely two of the emotions brewing; there is also fear, guilt, confusion.If we feel undermined or betrayed, we may ask ourselves if we knew the friend as well as we thought, or if we misjudged her character.But truthfully, this is not the case: We will continue to love and thrive even in the absence of this person who may well have left an indelible mark.It may take time, but inevitably, you will grow to see that no one in the world has the power to define you (other than yourself).