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Social isolation, as seen in many experiments, can have adverse effects on the mental health of a person, even leading to premature death.
Friendly behaviour with strangers makes us feel good about ourselves, and if strangers inhibit signs of trustworthiness, it leads to better overall health and individual wellbeing.
Social interactions with strangers with a feeling of compassion, generosity and kindness has powerful and positive effects on the entire society.
In spite of the fact that wearing a mask makes our connections weaker due to less visibility of the face, one still needs the interrelation with others in these uncertain times of death, fear and loss.
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The lockdown has resulted in restricted movement but has led to a rise in dance, as people strive for physical movement for fitness, stress relief, healing and human connection.
They have a common set of genes, according to a recent study published in Genetics Journal, and the evolution of these genes dates back 1.5 million years.
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