Why? Because they will teach you about yourself. I have found that sharing meals, kids playing games together, and talking about life can change my heart, perspective, and fill me with great fullness. Often these friends can be our greatest cheerleaders in life and often live a life less distracted by material things.
Make friends with those who are accomplishing goals that benefit others more than themselves.
Why? Because if you read anything about happiness, you've read that it truly is "better to give than to receive." Those who live a life giving more, have wisdom to share that only they can understand and explain to you. They have secrets that you will need to learn.
Make friends with those who are already in a tight knit community.
Why? There are more reasons than I can mention in this article but here are the best three. Their ideas are likely better than yours (even if you are an American:). They can probably do it more simply, naturally, and less expensive than you can. Their perspective can make you better such as Asians teaching me that living life as a community is better than striving alone as an individual.
Make friends with those who have suffered much.
Why? "You can't change the ocean or the weather, no matter how hard you try, so it's best to learn how to sail in all conditions." You may have to go to a nursing home for this one but I challenge you to go today. Many have suffered through war, depression, poverty, homelessness, addiction, rejection, hunger and many have never suffered, or not yet. Learn lessons now and if you can "interview" these friends as they may likely be willing and desire for their story to be told.
Make friends with those who are confused, lost, and a bit immoral.
Why? You never know, you may be the one who is a bit confused, lost, and immoral, or judgmental to those who are either way either our hands should always be stretched out. I have found that deep down we are all a little or a lotta broken and sometimes we need to be reminded of that.
Make friends with God and those who are making friends with God.