American young people make friends in many different ways. Some young people are good at making friends and other young people have to work harder at making friends. Many young people make friends through group activities. In middle school and high school, the members of a sports team or a school club often share an interest in the same activity, they work and play together, and they meet together often.
Some tips for making friends include the following.
·Try to meet other students. (Be around places where other students are.)
·Look for others with similar interests and values and try to spend time with those people.
·Show an interest in others. (Smile, ask questions and give positive comments.)
·Become good at giving compliments (not too much).
·Have a nice expression on your face.
·Laugh at people's jokes.
·Ask (but not demand) to join in.
·Offer to help others.
·Invite people to do things.
·Become good at thinking of interesting things to do.
·Learn to tell jokes.
·Be honest and fair.
·Respect yourself and respect others. (Do not make yourself or others a victim.)
·Be positive. (Don't be negative or complain all the time.)
Parents can also be very important in helping young people to get together. Parents of different young people can contact each other and arrange for transportation, group activities, overnight visits to homes, and so on