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Casual Friendships

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Apr 19, 2021 8:00 pm
  • 16:56
We have lost our casual relationships during the pandemic, like saying hello to a coworker in the hall or having a quick chat with a neighbor after church. We’ve doubled down on our close friends and families–our deep relationships–but those casual interactions make us happier and improve our overall well-being. Psychologist Gillian Sandstrom of University of Essex in England studies these weak relationships and says we need to get to work bringing them back now and after the pandemic.