Getting Your Social Groove On: 5 Ways to Spice up a Lonely Night

Group of friends partying

Being alone doesn’t mean that you have to be lonely. In fact, once you are comfortable with yourself, this independence can be freeing and exciting! But if you’re by yourself and would rather be doing something social and fun, here are 5 ways that you can spice up what could have otherwise been a lonely night at home!

Get Social: 5 Ways to Have Fun Tonight 

1. Show up for meet-ups

Check your local listings to find events going on in your area. Even if you’re not comfortable with the event itself, if it’s public, you should go! But if you can find one that falls within your category of interest, even better. By showing up, you are exposing yourself to something new and the potential to meet a stranger you’d have never met sitting at home.

2. Hit the gym for a class

Sweating to the music and the instructor’s barking orders might not sound like the perfect recipe for social success, but it’s often the building block for new relationships to foster and grow. Consistently attending classes improves your social life and your health, reduces depression, and gives you the chance to get to know the other people who are there, too.

3. Chat with other singles

Online chatting is fun sometimes, but your capability for spice is limited. But with free phone chat options, you can connect with other people your age and in or out of your area, you choose.

Chatting on a late-night singles chat line and flirting with someone you don’t know lets you practice your social groove with something fun and exciting. There are no strings attached, no risk of accidentally making a social faux pas, and you can decide to meet up with the person you talk to if you do end up connecting.

4. Head to your local coffee shop

A coffee shop is one of the few places where people aren’t looked at strangely for sitting for hours by themselves. Bring your book, your laptop, your work, or just yourself, and sit in a busy coffee shop. Use your book or another disguise as a reason to be there, but don’t get so engrossed that you push away anyone who might have wanted to talk to you.

Be friendly and approachable. Say hi to people who walk by and compliment them if it flows naturally. Don’t sit in the hidden corner, but don’t look like a crazy stalker, either. If people ignore you, what’s the harm? But you might strike up a conversation with your next best friend, hookup, or serious relationship.

5. Learn a new hobby

Maybe you heard about a local art class going on tonight but you have no artistic bones in your body. Go! Maybe there’s a new photography course you were thinking about joining but hesitant. Go!

Stepping in the room is the hardest part, but once you’re there, chances are you will be one of many who don’t know what they’re doing, are uncomfortable, and had to push themselves to attend. But while you’re there, you might as well meet those new people!

Couch Potatoes Grow Roots; Social Butterflies Spread Wings

Staying home on a lonely night can spiral you into a depression, especially if you’d rather be social. Don’t let the fear of doing something new stop you from getting your social groove on. Baby step your way into action through phone chats or jump straight into the fire by attending an event, but go add some spice into your night!