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Jun 22, 2024

"Communication is merely an exchange of information, but connection is an exchange of our humanity." --Sean Stephenson

People Dread This Type Of Social Interaction But It Has Benefits

Researchers find that people who have richness and diversity in relationships experience greater life satisfaction and overall well-being. An important part of that diversity comes from talking to strangers, and they found there was “deep delight and joy that ensued from these unexpected encounters.” Whether in a supermarket, coffee shop, or on a walk, a smile, a nod, a simple hello, or brief conversation can help people feel less lonely. Additionally, “Consequential strangers in the wider reaches of our personal social networks expose us to new ideas and experiences, different perspectives, a greater swath of opportunities.” While people may fear a negative response, research suggests, in most cases, the response will be welcoming, and well worth making a connection.

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Find opportunities to connect, human to human, in your daily life. Ask a stranger how their day is going, give a thumbs up to someone who showed extra care, or simply share a genuine smile. Exchange some humanity!



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