How to Make Friends, According to Science

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Ben Healy’s article about friendship in this month’s Atlantic is fascinating

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/09/how-to-make-friends/565742/

One of the best things about my job is being in the heart of community of students, teachers and parents. The science backs up the health aspects of having many social connections. I found particularly interesting in the article the research on size of social network and close confidants. How many people can one person have meaningful relationships with? The research in referenced in this article found around 120 people and a close circle of 10-20

Researchers are finding that people are connecting less with others and it does have negative health impacts. We should all try to have enough social interactions, even brief ones, to promote well being.

 

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