My wife has been away on a month’s holiday visiting family. During this time, a new neighbour moved in and we have become friends. She is a pleasant person, but my wife is inclined to be jealous. Can you suggest a way to save the friendship?
If the situation is open and honest, there should not be a serious problem. As soon as it is convenient, introduce your wife to the new neighbour. You cannot predict the outcome, but give them a little time to become acquainted and see if a friendship develops. Of course, it is your wife’s decision in developing new friendships.
I have just moved here from the Prairies and feel anxious about making new friends. Other than two cousins, I really do not know anyone. What do you suggest?
Humans are social and do require friends for happiness. You will likely meet some new acquaintances when you visit your cousins. Ask them about groups you can join to find new friends. Even if you do not plan to attend regularly, churches offer a coffee hour after services where you can meet new people. Social groups that meet regularly also advertise in the daily paper. Friendships develop quickly as you meet people with common interests, so start seeking opportunities to follow your interests – or pursue new ones.
JULY 2012 SENIOR LIVING MAGAZINE