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The Utter Weirdness of Small Talk in a Pandemic

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https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/03/evolution-small-talk-pandemic/608344/

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The Utter Weirdness of Small Talk in a Pandemic
Read: The best kind of food to cook during a pandemic But these, of course, are not ordinary times. People are dying of a new and not fully understood illness. Many of those who are fortunate enough to be healthy are sequestered in their home, for a period that might be days or weeks but might also be months.

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"How are you?"

One of the small consequences of the pandemic is that it is turning “How are you?” into a question again.
In ordinary times, people don’t ask “How are you?” because they want a rea...

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Unsuitable language

Unsuitable language

The pandemic has illustrated the deep interconnections among people, how profoundly interdependent we are, and how we need one another.
But our languages lag. The pleasantries we usually use ...

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The bias towards optimism

Pleasantries are optimistic things; they insist on seeing the bright side of any situation.
A pandemic, however, is not a moment of “I’m fine, thanks.” It is not a moment for ...

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Advice From Adriene

*Be a calm and gentle witness to the feelings you are nurturing. Yoga is not something you have to be good at to start practicing.

Even if you are not feeling flexible, just wear something comfortable and start doing Yoga.*