Today is Make A Friend Day. I learned at a very young age that if you have one true friend for a lifetime, you should consider yourself lucky. I have a couple of friends from kindergarten who are still dear friends, and I know they’d come running if ever needed them. But nobody ever has enough friends.

Make a Friend Day gives you an excuse to meet somebody new or do something to make a new friend. And it’s easier than you think. Sometimes all it takes is a smile or a kind word.

What’s the best way to make friends? Spend more time around people. Join a club or organization. Having a common interest is a great way to make friends in a church group or a hobby club. You can easily find a group near you by searching online.

Volunteer your time to a charitable organization. You’ll automatically be with people who have a mission just like you do.

But even if you do join a group you still have to do your part by reaching out. Talk to people. You never know what kind of things you might have in common with somebody unless you find out.

And when you do have a conversation – make eye contact, smile. Talk about the weather, ask for somebody’s help if you’re trying to decide on an item to buy, give a compliment. You never know what’ll come of it.

Don’t try to dominate a conversation. Be a good listener. Try to learn as much as you can about somebody. Ask questions and show that you’re interested in what they have to say.

Once you make a friend, stay in contact. Whether it’s a phone call, a card, an e-mail, it just let’s them know that you care.