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The social biome: how to build nourishing friendships – and banish loneliness

The social biome: how to build nourishing friendships – and banish loneliness

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The social biome

Much like our gut microbiome - the diverse ecosystem of bacteria and other microbes in our gastrointestinal system that keeps us healthy when balance - so our social biome is the unique ecosystem of relationships and interactions that keep us emotionally, psychologically and phys...

We need a variety of social biome, for example, deep and meaningful conversations with a good friend, small talk with a colleague, and swapping memes with a group of old school friends.

The variety can lead to thriving, where you have all your social needs taken ca...

An ever-extending network of relationships called the family, the community, the nation, the globe can bring extraordinary benefits if we let it.

Research shows that the best single predictor for your psychological and physical wellbeing and health is the number and quality of frie...

Research found that people with a higher sense of well-being had more frequent and longer interactions.

  • They had meaningful conversations two-and-a-half times more often than those with the least healthy social biomes.
  • They had two-t...

  • Small talk: Easy, quick and friendly small talk is good for mood regulation, such as asking a colleague about their weekend or chatting about the traffic with a waiter.
  • Time alone: Healthy people don't function by having more f...

From the moment you don't see a friend with the frequency you used to, the friendship's quality starts to decline.

  • Don't forget about Zoom. Continue to wave awkwardly on video calls when you can only communicate online.
  • Invite people to t...

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