How to Make Friends and Leave People Smiling

Five principles to help build new and lasting relationships.

Don Johnson
Wholistique

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I'm not a back-slapping, life-of-the-party kind of guy. I don't tell good jokes, and I'm not a big fan of mindless chit-chat, either.

However, I value making new friends in a world where it's not uncommon to feel alone without enough meaningful human connection. It's too easy to become isolated as we sit at home typing away on social media, having Zoom calls, driving alone in our cars, and ordering more online than ever before.

When I turned sixty-five, I had to reinvent myself after ending my second marriage. Soon after, I reclaimed my lost soul, fell in love, retired from corporate America, remarried, left my community of friends in the U.S.A., moved to Scotland, and began a new life.

Five years ago, I had no friends here. Now, I've got dozens and dozens and dozens of them — here and all over the world. It wasn't hard to do.

Here's how I did it.

Bring good energy to the party.

We're attracted to authenticity and good energy. It's contagious. Who wants to hang around mood hoovers who can find something wrong with a sunny day? Not me, and not most people.

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Don Johnson
Wholistique

Author | Meditation Teacher | Advocate for Kindness, Respect & Freedom | Human Potential Coach | Connect with me here: www.bemoreconscious.com