The BBC’s “The surprising benefits of talking to strangers”

Each Quietly Thriving blog post is built upon the research of one or more scientists. About a week ago, I chose a paper by Drs. Epley and Schroeder to serve as the basis for Improve Momentary Well-Being By Connecting With Strangers, Really. Although five years old, the Epley and Schroeder (2014) paper was particularly interesting to me and seemed to offer the actionable insights that I strive to find and share.

Yesterday, the BBC published a commissioned piece by Drs. Epley and Schroeder that summarized the same research and paper. “The surprising benefits of talking to strangers” encourages adults to connect with strangers (under reasonable circumstances) and reap benefits.

The BBC story is a precursor to Crossing Divides On the Move Day and indicates that Dr. Epley will share some initial, new research on Friday, June 14. I’m looking forward to that information and examining what actionable insights it may offer. Likewise, I look forward to outcomes from Crossing Divides On the Move Day — a BBC-sponsored event on the same date that encourages connections between strangers on public transit.

Even if you’re outside the UK, you can still participate. On Friday, reach out to a stranger and say “hello”. It might make your day and theirs.

Reference: Epley, Nicholas and Juliana Schroeder. 2014. “Mistakenly Seeking Solitude.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 143 (5): 1980–99.

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