Category: Strangers

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

Improve Momentary Well-being by Connecting with Strangers, Really

Our daily lives regularly place us in the presence of strangers. Many of us introverts will, by habit, choice or social norm, preserve our personal bubble and ignore the strangers. After all, “don’t talk to strangers” is an oft-repeated maxim from the parenting handbook.  Experimental data indicate that initiating a