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The best way to begin to meet new people is through the people you already know—your friends, family, and colleagues. I realize this is not earth-shattering knowledge, but sometimes the obvious bears repeating. Starting close to home ups your chances of meeting people who share your social values. Let your friends know you want to meet people. Sure, you think they already know, but have you told them outright? If not, make sure you do.
This is a time in your life to make socializing a priority, turn it into a habit, and get good at it. Agree to set aside just one day a week for the next year to get involved with the people you already know, those you only know vaguely, and some you have yet to meet. Ask an acquaintance out for coffee or entertain friends at home. Join a community club or a volunteer organization. Invite friends to a sporting event, park, museum, book club, concert, or festival, and suggest they bring friends too. The number of people you know will increase dramatically, along with your pool of potential partners. You’ll probably even have fun while you’re at it. Make some plans right now, and then follow through with them. You’ll be surprised at the results.