This article is based on an expert interview with Kelli Miller, LCSW, MSW, conducted by wikiHow Staff Editors. Kelli Miller is a Psychotherapist, Author, and TV/radio host based in Los Angeles, California. Kelli is currently in private practice and specializes in individual and couples' relationships, depression, anxiety, sexuality, communication, parenting, and more. Kelli also facilitates groups for those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction as well as anger management groups. As an author, she received a Next Generation Indie Book Award for her book "Thriving with ADHD: A Workbook for Kids" and also wrote "Professor Kelli's Guide to Finding a Husband". Kelli was a host on LA Talk Radio, a relationship expert for The Examiner, and speaks globally. You can also see her work on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kellibmiller, Instagram @kellimillertherapy, and her website: www.kellimillertherapy.com. She received her MSW (Masters of Social Work) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Sociology/Health from the University of Florida.
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If you’re looking to join a larger group of friends, especially as an adult, it may feel daunting to break in from the outside. However, all it takes is a little effort. In this video, the licensed clinical social worker Kelli Miller gives her best tips for finding more people to connect with. From joining groups that are similar to your interests to investing in friendships that make you feel comfortable from the start, there are many ways to widen your circle of friends no matter where you’re at in life.
- Join groups and clubs with like minded people to meet friends who share similar interests as you.
- Trust your instincts when you’re meeting new people to figure out if they’re someone you want to be friends with.
- Look for friends who make you feel comfortable from the outset.
My best piece of advice would be to join like minded groups. So, for example, if you're into dance, join a dance group. And you can find a lot of these on, you know, something like Meetup or some sort of app. But you want to find groups that are similar to you. And then you can build a friendship from there because typically, if you're interested in something, those might be those type of people that you want to build a friendship with. One of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou I think can apply to friendships. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” So when you're building friendships with people, they're going to show you initially who they are. So trust that. And I'm a big proponent of trusting your instincts and investing in friendships that make you feel comfortable from the outset.