Would you consider it easy to make new friends as an adult? To be honest it’s been quite a struggle for me for years! I mean… I had friends at college, but then I came and stayed in LA where I didn’t know anyone at first! When I had my two boys I ended up losing connection even with those few young & kidless people that I “kind of knew”!
Isolation was been tough! The even tougher part was that one may think that as an adult you’re supposed to know what’s best for you and how to get it! And… you really don’t!
This is why when I finally figured out that I could connect with people through something that most people LOVE – food, it turned out to be a real life-changer! Not only discovering this simple truth helped me get over my natural shyness and self-doubt that prevented me from making the first step! It always helps to break the ice and put almost anyone in ease in any setting and environment!
So here are the ways how connect with people through food and use your love for both cooking and exploring the food to make new friends:
HOW TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE THROUGH FOOD:
EVERYONE LOVES GETTING AN EDIBLE TREAT!
If you love to cook, sharing your creations can be your go-to way to connect with people! Not only everyone will love receiving an edible treat (especially if it’s a yummy and healthy dessert!), sharing food opens the opportunity to start a conversation about the food itself, its preparation and its taste!
Regardless of what kind of food you’re sharing you can always ask for an honest feedback or an input on how to adjust it to make it taste even better! Also since in this situation you’re being a giver it’s always easy to make the first step, because it is always easier to give than it is to ask for anything! Even for a meetup or phone-call back!
If you met someone who likes to cook just like you – you’re in luck! From inviting them to make a dinner together to asking them to show you how to make their signature recipes – the opportunities to connect with people through cooking together are endless! OK… But what if you aren’t a big-time cook?
FOOD IS ONE OF THE BEST TOPICS FOR A CONVERSATION!
I can hardly think of any other topic that people love discussing besides food! Style? Not everyone! Diet? Related to food, and just a maybe.
Talking about food, cooking or restaurants is always comforting, fun and so liberating!
I love discussing everything from methods of cooking and family meal plans to the restaurant options with my friends, family and acquaintances!
When I meet a new parent at my kids’ school or a new contact at a party it’s so easy to approach them over the topic of food!
FOOD IS GREAT REASON FOR A GATHERING!
Whether you’re inviting someone to a dinner or meeting at a new “cool spot” in town, it’s always appropriate and fun to get together over food!
And it doesn’t have to be a full-course dinner! You can always get together over a cup of exquisite coffee or invite your new friend to check out your favorite ice cream shop! No matter what the treat is – anyone will appreciate having it in a good company!
Connecting with new people may seem quit overwhelming at first, especially if you’ve just moved to a new city where you don’t know anyone! But sharing the food or using it as a conversation starter or a reason to invite a new friend out can help you overcome both the initial ice in relationships making process and get over your own shyness or doubt!🙂
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