Motivated to Mingle: 20 Ways to Socialize & Meet New People this Summer
July is Social Wellness Month, encouraging people to shake up their usual routines and meet new people. After all, forming connections and building relationships can play a big role in our overall health and happiness. In fact, research has found that social connections can even have a positive impact on one’s physical health — including weight management and decrease in cardiovascular disease.
And what better time than summer to step out of your comfort zone and make some new connections? This month on the Vibrant Health blog, we’re sharing 20 ways to mingle — and make some new friends along the way.
20 Ways to Meet New People this Summer
- Host a Dinner Party
- Join a Local Facebook Group
- Join a Book Club
- Attend a Networking Event
- Sign up for a Group Fitness Series
- Join a Run Club
- Volunteer for a Good Cause
- Look into Local Mom Club
- Explore a Vineyard
- Work from a Coffee Shop
- Sign up for an Creative Workshop
- Visit the Farmer’s Market
- Go on a Date
- Attend a Trivia Night
- Host a Neighborhood Gathering
- Go to an Outdoor Concert or Festival
- Look into Events at Your Local Library
- Take a Break from Social Media
- Tap into Your Friends’ Social Circle
- Get Involved in Your Community
1. Host a Dinner Party
There’s no better way to mix and mingle than being surrounded by good food and good company. This summer, host a dinner party featuring seasonal bites and beverages. Citrus Coconut Water Lemonade, anyone?
2. Join a Local Facebook Group
Looking to get more involved in the community? Join your town’s local Facebook group to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and happenings in your area.
3. Join a Book Club
Love to read? Joining a book club in your area is a great way to get some summer reading in while meeting new people. And if you can’t find one in your area, start your own! Here are some top picks for summer.
4. Attend a Networking Event
If you’re looking to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and business people in your industry, networking events are for you. Remember to be yourself, aiming to talk to people you don’t know (instead of hiding in the corner with your office bestie).
5. Sign up for a Group Fitness Class
Branch out from your solo workouts by giving group fitness a try! From yoga to dance, there’s something for everyone — and you may just find a new workout buddy in the process. Here are some more summer workout ideas!
6. Join a Run Club
Speaking of group fitness, run clubs are also great ways to meet new people while sweating it out this summer. Find a run club that meets regularly in your area, or feel free to start your own!
7. Volunteer for a Good Cause
Volunteering is a wonderful way to spread kindness while meeting other like-minded people making a difference in the community. From soup kitchens to churches, there are a number of ways to get involved. Here are some more ways to give back to others!
8. Find a Local Moms Club
Whether you’re a new mom or have older kids, moms clubs are a great way to meet fellow moms in your community. The best part: you’ll bond with others who can relate to exactly what you’re going through.
9. Explore a Vineyard
This summer, venture to a local vineyard for a wine tasting with your friends. While you’re there, soak up the beautiful scenery, enjoy some sips, and socialize with others!
10. Work from a Coffee Shop
If you work from home, make it a point to work from a coffee shop every once in a while. It’ll get you out of the house and give you an opportunity to meet others in the same boat.
11. Sign up for a Creative Workshop
Tap into your creativity this summer by signing up for a creative workshop — such as painting, photography, cooking, or pottery.
12. Visit the Farmer’s Market
It’s farmer’s market season! Take a trip to your local farmer’s market to stock up on farm-fresh produce while meeting other wellness-minded individuals. Here’s what’s in season this summer!
13. Go on a Date
Single and ready to mingle? Go on a date! Look into online dating apps or ask a friend to set you up. At the very least, you’ll get out of the house and have some conversation.
14. Attend a Trivia Night
Grab your friends and head out for a trivia night at a local pub or restaurant! It’s a great chance to meet others with a side of healthy competition.
15. Host a Neighborhood Gathering
Get to know your neighbors better by hosting a backyard barbecue or block party. Each family can bring a favorite food item to share with the group!
16. Go to an Outdoor Concert or Festival
If you’re into live music, there’s no better way to meet new people than attending an outdoor concert or music festival. Check the summer tour calendar for your favorite bands and artists or research what’s going on in your own community.
17. Look into Events at Your Local Library
One underrated space to meet new people: the library! Check out the events page of your local library to see what piques your interest.
18. Take a Break from Social Media
Sure, social media is a great way to connect with others, but if you want to build deep relationships you’ll have to step away from the screen eventually. Consider going on a social media detox to make more room for in-real-life connections.
19. Tap into Your Friends’ Social Circle
One of the best ways to meet new people is through your own friend's group! Next time you go out, encourage your friends to bring along a new friend or coworker.
20. Get Involved in Your Community
From church organizations to the school’s PTO board, there are endless ways to get involved in your community while meeting new people!
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