I like making new friends

I’m studying in Std. XI (Science). I had a lot of friends and was also popular in my friends’ circle. But recently I feel like I have lost them even though I’m in regular contact with them. I like making new friends but I’m a little shy and I don’t have the guts to start a conversation with someone. Please help.
Riya (17)

Dear Riya, there is a saying: “If you want a friend, be a friend”. You had a lot of friends in the past and were popular with them; therefore you know how to make friends. What you did in the past you can do again in the new situation. If you want love and affection, start by giving them to your new classmates. If you want people to smile at you, start by smiling at others. You have to decide whether to be happy in the new situation or to be lonely. The choice is yours; get up and start smiling and talking with those around you; you will be surprised by their happy response.

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD

Dr Anthony Grugni, MD, has a degree in medicine and is a professional counsellor. For the last 30 years he has been providing youth with practical advice to help them tackle urgent and troubling issues.
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Dr Anthony Grugni, MD, has a degree in medicine and is a professional counsellor. For the last 30 years he has been providing youth with practical advice to help them tackle urgent and troubling issues.