She moved her mat and helped you squeeze into class when you were 10 minutes late, and then you shared a laugh about the creepy guy in the back who seemed to enjoy watching you do camel pose a little too much. Sure, she seemed like fun, but that doesn't mean you want to give up sushi and The Real Housewives for a Tuesday night spent sipping green tea with your new friend. Geez, it's technically a school night after all.
Piece of Your Social Pie
Oh, come on now -- when did you become so lame? New friendships keep life fresh and interesting! And who knows, she may end up becoming one of your closest friends. (Okay, she could also be a total whack job -- but the point is, there's only one way to find out.) You don't have to expend a ton of energy on a start-up friendship, but throw her a bone (or some crumbs). One drink won't kill you. If you just don't mesh, no need to return her calls. You can always switch yoga classes (you're usually late for that one anyway, right?).
Nestperts: Connie Stapleton, PhD, a licensed psychologist and author in Augusta, Georgia (MindBodyHealthServices.com), and LeslieBeth Wish, EdD, a Florida-based psychologist and relationship expert (LoveVictory.com)