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10 Simple Ways to Make Friends

What is Friendship?

Alas my mini world tour has come to an end and I have many stories about my adventures in Singapore, Dubai, Zimbabwe and South Africa.  I travelled for a month, reading my book Multicultural Me and talking to children about friendship in schools and libraries.

I planned for my tour to end around World Mental Health Day on 10 October because many young people in Australia struggle with mental health issues like anxiety and depression, to name a few. Good friends can be a big help.

Taku Scrutton Cartoons Multicultural Me Book

Here is a stripped down list of my simple ways to make friends. Read the full article on ABC Splash’s website.

  1. Smile and say hello
  2. Ask a friend to introduce you
  3. Tell a story
  4. Visit a new place
  5. Volunteer to help others
  6. Try a new activity or hobby
  7. Make something for somebody
  8. Ask for help
  9. Be friends with your family
  10. Be your own friend first

ABC Splash is also running a video competition for kids across Australia. Invite your children or classroom to make a 30-second video answering, “What is Friendship?” to enter Splash’s Friendship Competition. (Here’s the video I made with my besties on World Friendship Day in July).

Book me to speak about friendship at your school

Contact me on +61 403 931 636 or taku(at)taku.com.au to book a talk at your primary or high school.


Photos of Friends in Singapore, Dubai, Zimbabwe and South Africa

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