Making friends is not as easy as it was when we were kids. Gone are the days of summer camp and prearranged playdates. Not only is it difficult to find new friends, it is also very challenging to maintain the existing the friendships that we already have.
Many people feel like they’ve already earned their “bestie for life” merit badge by the time they hit 16, but the truth is, adult friendship isn’t always so permanent. Sometimes you lose touch with people as life goes on, and other times there’s drama that gets in the way of your relationship.
A good friend can last a lifetime. It is important to cherish these relationships and give them the special attention they deserve. Haven’t you heard that friends are the family you choose for yourself?! They may not come with all the strings that blood relatives have, but they are people that will be there for you through thick and thin.
It’s not uncommon for friends to drift apart. But, almost always, there is a special connection that brings them back into your life. It can be really difficult when you lose touch with them, whether it is by choice or other circumstances beyond your control.
So, what is a true friend? It’s someone you genuinely enjoy being around. They’ll make your bad days a lot better and they’re always sticking around in your corner and rooting for your success. Good friends always tell you the truth, even when it hurts a lot. And, they’ll always accept you for who you are. You can count on a friend to keep your deepest secrets close to their heart.
Whether you’re looking to nurture your existing friendships or attract more positive relationships into your life, these affirmations will help guide you in your journey.
You can also use these affirmations for inspiration and add your own personal touch. Looking to print these affirmations? Check out our page of printables!
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”–Dale Carnegie
Benefits of using affirmations for friendship
It goes without saying that friendship is one of the most important relationships we can have. A good friend will help us navigate all of life’s challenges. While we all hope to find true friendship in our life, it can be difficult to maintain healthy relationships. This is where affirmations come in handy!
So, what are the benefits of using affirmations for friendship?
- Affirmations can help us open ourselves to new experiences and possibilities.
- Using positive statements about friendship helps us to program our mind to focus on the good that exists.
- Affirmations help us attract more positivity and more positive relationships
- Positive affirmations about friendship can help us release negative beliefs that may be holding us back from making new friends.
Affirmations To Attract New Friends
- I attract positive relationships into my life.
- I am excited to meet new people.
- I love when new people come into my life.
- I am a good friend, and I attract good people into my life as well.
- I make new friends easily.
- The right people always seem to come into my life at the right time.
- I am a magnet for positive and trustworthy people.
- I feel relaxed and at ease when I meet new people.
- I am ready to make new, lasting friendships.
- I am ready to meet and trust a new friend in my life.
- I am a very likeable person.
- Meeting new people and making new friends is fun.
- I treat people with respect, and they also treat me with respect.
- I choose to fill my life with strong and positive people.
- People enjoy spending their time with me.
- I am worthy of many new and happy relationships.
- I attract non-judgmental people into my life.
- Positive people are naturally drawn to me.
- I deserve to be surrounded by loyal people.
- I am grateful for all the positive people in my life.
- I have a positive energy that I would like to share with others.
- I am surrounded by lots of love from my friends.
- I choose to surround myself with positive people.
- I choose to surround myself with love and positivity.
- My friends love me for who I am.
- My heart is open for new, positive friendships.
- I am ready to be a good friend to anyone.
- I am a magnet for dependable friends.
- I am accepting of others.
- I deserve love and friendship.
- I cherish and treasure all of the friendships in my life.
- Meaningful friendships are important to me.
- My friends encourage me to be my very best self.
- Positive people come into my life every single day.
- I find it easy to connect with others.
- This is a great time for me to meet new people and make new friends.
- I create meaningful relationships with people.
- I am the kind of friend anyone would be happy to have.
- I choose to maintain healthy relationships in my life.
- I attract people that are friendly and just as silly as I am.
- Socializing with new people comes easily to me.
- Positive and optimistic people are drawn to me.
- I attract people who share my interests.
- I am confident when speaking in groups of people.
- I am good enough to have fulfilling relationships.
- Wherever I go, I am making new friends.
- I deserve friendships that will last a whole lifetime.
- Everywhere I go, there is a new opportunity for friendship.
- I have a robust and happy social life.
- People appreciate and value my company.
- I have many wonderful friendships in my life.
- I am a loyal friend, and I surround myself with positive people.
- I have positive and supportive relationships in my life.
- I am an intelligent, fun-loving person who attracts like-minded people into my life.
- There is always time to invest in friendships that bring me joy and happiness, no matter how busy I may be.
- I surround myself with inspirational people.
- I am a magnet for genuine, like-minded people.
- I enjoy meeting new people that will inspire me.
- I deserve to have strong friendships in my life.
- I have plenty of friends who appreciate me for being myself.
- I look forward to spending quality time with new friends.
- I attract people that are looking out for my wellbeing.
- My social circle is full of people who are kind and caring towards others
- It is easy for me to talk to new people without any fear of being rejected.
- My friends are happy for me when good things come into my life, and they celebrate with me.
- I attract kind and friendly people who want to invest in our friendship.
- Friendship is one of the most important aspects of my life, and it brings me great fulfillment.
Gratitude Friendship Affirmations
- I am grateful for the friendships in my life.
- My friendships are truly precious to me.
- I am filled with gratitude for all the wonderful friendships I have, and I can learn new things from each of them.
- My friends are inspiring and inspirational people.
- I am thankful for my existing friendships.
- My friends know I love them.
- My friends always make time for me, even if they are busy.
- My friends forgive me when I make mistakes.
- My friends are always teaching me something new.
- My friends value me and treat me well.
- My friends are irreplaceable.
- I love my friends and cherish them.
- My friendships bring me great joy.
- When my friends need me, I am there for them.
- I cherish the company of my existing friends.
- My friends support and encourage me, and I appreciate them for that.
- I would not be who I am without my good friends.
- My friends know how much they mean to me.
- When I am around my friends, I am an authentic person.
- My friends know me better than anyone else.
How should you use these affirmations for friends?
Using affirmations can help you form a more positive mindset and set a better tone for your day. This way, when the opportunity strikes, you’ll better be able to act on them.
It’s important to visualize your ideal situation when using affirmations for friendship. Reflect on the type of people and friends you want to attract. For example, would they be supportive of your goals? What would it be like to have this friend in your life? If you act like the type of person you want to attract into your life, they will be more likely to be drawn to you as well.
Steps for using these affirmations:
- First, choose a couple affirmations you’d like to focus on. Jot them down on paper or write them in your journal. Pick a good time of day you would like to establish this habit. You can say your affirmations in the morning after waking up, or right before bed (which is what I like). Or, you may want to say your affirmations in the middle of the day and that is perfectly fine as well!
- Repeat each affirmation 10-15 times and at least twice a day. Focus and use positive intentions. This number is also not set in stone. If you feel more connected to a smaller number, you can repeat your affirmation that many times. For example, if 8 is a special number to you, then repeat your affirmation 8 times per session.
- You may choose to say affirmations out loud or repeat them in your head silently, whatever works best for you. It can also be helpful to write down affirmations in places you will frequently see them. Try using sticky notes and placing them on your mirror or fridge.
Most importantly, remember to be patient and to trust in your affirmations!
Podcast episodes about making new friends:
Here are some podcast episodes specifically about making new friends and nurturing friendships. Listening to podcasts is a great way to make your commutes time productive!
- NPR: Accept The Awkwardness: How To Make Friends (And Keep Them)
- The Cut: How Do I Make Friends Now?
- How To Make Friends With Gemma Scopes
- Sam Demma: How To Make Friends (Ted Talk)
Apps and websites for making new friends:
With all the websites and apps we have access to today, it’s easy to make new friends no matter where you are in the world. They’re not just for dating! While nothing beats meeting people in person, here are some great places to meet people online.
- Bumble BFF – Bumble is definitely known for being a dating app. But, did you know about Bumble BFF? It’s specifically designed for meeting new friends in your area! This is a great app if you just moved to a new town, or if you want to meet people where you already live.
- Meetup – This website is great for finding local meetups in your community. After plugging in your interests, you’ll find local groups in your area. This is also a good website for entrepreneurs looking to grow their network.
- Reddit – Reddit is a collection of forums where you can interact with people that have similar interests to you. It’s incredibly simple to use. There are even subreddits for specific towns and cities – so check yours out!
- Patook – Patook is the strictly platonic friend making app. While it doesn’t have as much success as some other apps, it’s worth making a profile and checking out.
To make a true friend, you have to be a true friend. The saying “It’s better to have one or two amazing friends than 20 average ones” is true, and it’s the little things that matter most. Someone who always picks up the phone when you need to talk, makes time for you and is always ready to lend a hand when you need it the most.
One of the best things about having a true friend is that they’re yours for life. If you move away or have a rough patch, they will still be there for you. You can always pick up where you left off, regardless of how much time has gone by.
Let’s get personal: I have always been an introvert so it has always been difficult for me to make new friends. I’m not good at starting conversations, and I’m constantly worried about what people might think of me.
But one day, I decided to try using affirmations to help and build my confidence. Affirmations have been a part of my daily life for quite some time. I never actually considered using them to attract positive relationships into my life though. It became clear to me that the reason I was having difficulty making new friends was because I lacked self-confidence. I started repeating to myself “I am confident and likable. People enjoy being around me.” I also imagined myself having enjoyable conversations with new friends, and feeling confident in difficult social situations.
Slowly but surely, this began to change how I felt about myself. I started to feel more confident when interacting with people, and I began to form new positive connections. We’re always works in progress, right?
Hopefully, these affirmations will help guide and inspire you when attracting new, positive relationships into your life. Practice these affirmations daily with intention and gratitude. Don’t forget: you have amazing energy to offer the world, and you are worthy of friendship!
“Getting to know new people and gaining new friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So conquer your fears and get out there.”– Tony Clark