It’s simple: all you want is a new bestie.
That person to sip hot chocolate with after a breakup, a gym buddy, or that special someone who’s there to binge-watch the latest TV series with you. You want a vibrant social life but when talking to someone seems like a social taboo, making a new friend begins to feel like a game of mission impossible.
We’ve resorted to meeting friends on apps so we forget that it’s possible to do it without our phone. You know, the old fashioned way. But luckily, there are fool proof methods to make the magic happen with little effort.
Daily Hive teamed up with Mentos to compile this list of eight unusual things you can do to make friends.
It doesn’t even need to be your own dog! It’s so true – it’s incredibly easy to meet someone when you’re with a puppy because pretty much everyone adores animals. Others will approach you with little hesitation, giving you the opportunity to strike up some conversation. You’ll see this happen everywhere you and your cute companion go: the elevator, the park, when you’re hiking – and the list goes on.
It sounds a little scary but throwing yourself into the middle of a group of people and doing something random can be one of the most effective ways to make friends. You’re basically forced to be a little silly in front of other people, except this time it’s totally socially acceptable. You can find tons of free improv clubs, making it super simple to connect with people around you.
If there’s something you’ve wanted to try for a while, now’s the perfect time to make it happen. It’s actually not so difficult to make friends when you’re willing to do something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Whether that means learning juggling or sewing with a friendly group of people, you’ll warm up to others – fast. And don’t worry, you’re not the only one who’s nervous.
Lots of people travel alone so they’re thankful when you extend yourself socially. See this as an invitation to open up to others which you can even do when you’re sitting on the plane. More often than not you’ll find that you have something in common with that other person, and you’ll walk away with a contact you wouldn’t have otherwise.
There are several held around the city on a regular basis and it makes for a super easy way to make new friends. Many of them include ice breakers that will warm you up to others and situations in which it’s totally normal for you to address others – even if you don’t know them at all. Make sure you show up with a business card and exchange numbers with others. This is something that you definitely won’t regret.
You won’t believe how easy it is to strike up a conversation when you compliment someone. Whether you’re giving them kudos for their sweater or in-class presentation, you can simply carry on the conversation by asking that other person some questions about themselves. This one’s all about inclusivity so you can feel free to chat with more than one person at a time. Whatever you do, just make sure your compliments are genuine and you’re more than likely to receive the same back in return.
Did you know that gum has the potential of bringing people together? In a study by Impact Research, 73% of people said chewing gum helped when approaching someone new- they saw it as a confidence booster. So next time you want to make a new friend, try offering them a piece of Mentos Pure Fresh gum. In a world of square gums, this one stands apart with its iconic circular shape, not to mention its long-lasting freshness. The Mentos brand itself has a mission: to create connections between people, whether they’re strangers or old friends. We need more of that, don’t you think?
What if we told you could meet actual Yetis IRL? These ones are not the solitary kind. Neither are they scary. (Well, except if you’re allergic to fur.) They actually love to meet new people and create fresh connections. So much so that they’ve come aaaaaall the way from the other side of the galaxy – from Planet Pure Fresh, to be precise – to meet us Earthlings and introduce us to a national delicacy of theirs: Mentos Pure Fresh gum. You’re not going to want to miss them giving it away. It’s happening today in Toronto, at Bloor Street, The Annex, the University of Toronto, Ryerson, Yonge-Dundas Square, Queen Street West, and King Street West. In Montreal, you’ll be able to find them downtown, or at Concordia and McGill University on September 19. Then you’ll get to meet them in Vancouver on September 27 at Kitsilano Beach, Canada Place, the Pacific Centre, and 28th Avenue at UBC (to keep up with them, follow @MentosCanada on Facebook and Instagram). Now that’s an encounter you don’t want to miss!
To get started on your crusade of making fresh connections with others in totally unique ways you can grab some Mentos Pure Fresh gum. You can’t miss Mentos Pure Fresh gum with it’s curvy bottle. It’s refreshingly crunchy on the outside and pillow-y soft on the inside. And it comes in three long-lasting flavours: fresh mint, spearmint and cinnamon. Look at it as an invitation to open up to people around you, encouraging spontaneity and giving people the confidence they need to start a conversation. Mentos is a social brand, and you can’t be social on your own. Other brands often obsess over what makes everyone different. But Mentos would rather explore the things we have in common – the things that connect us. When you think about it, every Mentos gum has the potential to connect two people. After all, who says no to Mentos gum?