Why Your Friends Are More Important Than You Think

How can you sustain your friendships in a pandemic? The first step is recognizing their importance, argues author Lydia Denworth.   Researchers and philosophers have explored in great detail the emotional dramas of love and family. But they’ve spent much less time pondering the deep satisfaction of a good friend.   A similar thing happens[…]

Amazing Staycation Ideas That Won’t Blow Your Budget

No time or budget for a weekend getaway? These cheap staycations are surprisingly luxurious.   Remember to be safe and follow health guidelines in your community.  Be creative and turn into an online activity with family and your friends.   Or, create a bucket list for a staycation, long weekend or mental health day activities.  […]

Tips for Telling Stories That Are So Interesting Listeners Won’t Be Tempted to Pull Out Their Phones

“I’m having the absolute worst day,” a friend of mine said as she sighed and plopped herself down in the chair across from me at a restaurant where we were meeting for after-work drinks and appetizers.   “Oh, no! What’s going on?” I asked her, giving her the prompt she needed to launch into her[…]

The Health Consequences of Loneliness

Causes and Health Consequences of Feeling Lonely Loneliness is a universal human emotion that is both complex and unique to each individual. Because it has no single common cause, the prevention and treatment of this potentially damaging state of mind can vary dramatically.   For example, a lonely child who struggles to make friends at[…]

The Effects of Storytelling on Well-Being

The art of storytelling has long been a respected skill and important tradition in many cultures. Over the course of history, community elders and their stories have been regarded as a treasure trove of the society’s knowledge, history, and wisdom. Older members of a community were encouraged to share their stories with younger generations, keeping[…]

To Counter Loneliness, Find Ways to Connect

Much of modern life, though seeming to promote connectivity, has had the opposite effect of fostering social isolation and loneliness, experts say.   A four-minute film produced for the UnLonely Film Festival and Conference last month featured a young woman who, as a college freshman, felt painfully alone. She desperately missed her familiar haunts and high school[…]

Social Interaction Is Critical for Mental and Physical Health

Hurray for the HotBlack Coffee cafe in Toronto for declining to offer Wi-Fi to its customers. There are other such cafes, to be sure, including seven of the eight New York City locations of Café Grumpy.   But it’s HotBlack’s reason for the electronic blackout that is cause for hosannas. As its president, Jimson Bienenstock,[…]