14 Conversation Starters to Help Break the Ice

The opportunities for connection are endless. Let these ways to strike up communication inspire you.

Your barista knows your name and milk percentage by heart. Now ask him what he likes to drink.

A little humor for the ride up: What did one elevator say to the other? "I think I'm coming down with something."

Switch up your dog-walking route and encounter new leash luggers.

See a fellow treadmiller with the same snazzy neon sneakers? Chat her up during cooldown.

Volunteer at a senior center. It's a great way to make friends—and a smart way to hone bingo strategy.

Skype with a long-distance relative and show off your new apartment, new haircut, new anything.

Just once, skip the E-ZPass lane and toss a smile at the tollbooth operator. It gets lonely out there!