As the saying goes, “No man is an island”. All of us in one way or another need other people in order for us to live a happy and fulfilled life. As a matter of fact, social interaction has been seen as a basic human need a requirement of human nature.
In Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs, the need of having a social circle to belong to is ranked next to the need for safety and the need for health, food and sleep. This goes to show that social interaction is not just a requisite for happiness or fulfillment; it is a requisite for living.
If you are distressed, lonely and generally unhappy because there’s not a lot going on in your social life, you should know that everyone has the capacity to improve his social skills and have a more active social life. In this article, I will share with you a couple of tips on what you can do or the changes you can make to improve your social life.
Tips To Help You Improve Your Social Life
Make yourself more approachable.
Have you ever experienced feeling intimidated by an unknown person that is standing across the room from you? Well, this is what it’s all about.
We all give off certain auras that people pick up even before we talk or interact with them. Most people who are not satisfied with their social lives tend to give off an intimidating or an unapproachable aura.
Making yourself approachable really comes down to two important elements: body language and facial expression. Arms folded against the chest, fidgeting with your hands, poor posture, eyeball rolling and inability to make eye contact are just a few of the things that can make you look less approachable.
Put yourself out there.
Think about what you do on most days. If you see yourself staying at home or at work most of the time, then there is no question as to why your social life is the way it is.If you want to broaden your social circle and interact with other people, make an effort to be in the right places–places where meeting others is expected. You can go to a bar, join the gym or enroll in a hobby class – all these are great avenues for meeting new people.
Pay more attention to people.
An active social life means having a good number of friends and acquaintances; and the process of widening your social circle is easier said than done. No matter how hard you try to make yourself approachable and put yourself in the right places, people will not gravitate to you if you are not a pleasing person. To be more sociable, you need to be more socially aware or you need to be more attentive to how people behave and understand what makes people tick.
Having an active social life means being able to engage yourself in lots of fun activities in the company of enjoyable people. A fulfilling social life improves your overall mood, your social skills and even your health. Make an effort to improve your social life today and see how the quality of your life in general can be improved as well.