Keep in mind that the majority of people have the same insecurities you do. Many of them will respond positively because they appreciate being noticed. That’s how you make friends of both genders. I have a booklet that offers even more suggestions. The title is “How to Be Popular,” and it contains hints for polishing social skills for people of all ages. It can be ordered by sending your name and address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to Dear Abby Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included in the price. Remember, you don’t have to be the prettiest or smartest girl in school. But you CAN be one of the nicest.
Show an interest in others. Be honest but always tactful. Cultivate your own interests so you will have something to talk about with others. If there are clubs at your school, join the ones that interest you. It’s another way of making friends of both sexes.
Most young people go out in groups these days. So, if you and some friends plan to do something (and after you have been friendly and let the young man you like notice you), smile and ask if he’d like to come along. If he’s shy, it’s a way of making HIM feel less self-conscious, too. Good luck!
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