Ever heard of the phrase, “you are who you surround yourself with”? Before you quit smoking, you probably had a group of smoking buddies whom you hung out regularly with. Now that you’ve quit, it might be tougher for you to keep from lighting up while your friends are smoking.

So, why not meet new people and surround yourself with new, non-smoking friends to take your mind off smoking? Here are some ways for you to do just that.

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Learn Something New

Want to learn a skill but don’t have the motivation to sign up for classes? Well, here’s something to motivate you: joining courses is a great opportunity for you to meet new people.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out the many courses offered by the People’s Association. Channel your inner Shah Rukh Khan and sign up for a Bollywood dance course, let your creative juices flow in a clay-sculpting class, or even pick up a bankable skill by learning how to make a mobile app!

It’s also easier to make new friends when there is a shared common interest. So, how about registering for one of the many interest groups offered by your nearby community centre, which range from karaoke for those who are more musically-inclined, to basketball for the sportier types.

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Get Fit Together

Make new friends while getting healthy by joining workout classes. Try out exercise activities offered by the Health Promotion Board (bonus: many of them are free!) and ActiveSG.

For example, Mall Workouts are a convenient (and free) way to meet new people. Many of these workout sessions are held at neighbourhood shopping malls on weekday evenings or weekend mornings, making them perfect for busy working adults.

Sign up and bond with fellow shoppers over energetic Zumba moves or with other Kpop lovers over a session of Kpopx Fitness.

Not so much an indoor sports person? Perhaps you’d enjoy a walk on the wild side.

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Explore the Great Outdoors

Enjoy the outdoors? Try one of the programmes offered by the National Parks Board. For example, you can make some friends with fellow history buffs by exploring the Heritage Roads in Singapore such as Arcadia Road and Mandai Road.

If you love the flora and fauna, join the Community in Bloom Initiatives. Beautify your neighbourhood through gardening and meet other like-minded plant-lovers.

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Be Kind with Kindred Spirits

Finally, why not meet kindred spirits by volunteering your time for others in need?

A good place to start your search is Giving.sg, where you can find and volunteer for causes that you are passionate about. Meet fellow pet lovers by contributing your time and efforts at an animal shelter, or find fellow patrons of the arts by volunteering at a neighbourhood art event.

Now, who says it’s hard to meet new, non-smoking friends?

Resources for Quitting

Join the I Quit 28-Day Countdown now! Call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000 for support, and visit participating retail pharmacies for advice that can help you quit.

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