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With so many uncertainties stemming from the current pandemic, you might be looking for more human connection and comfort from friends and family.

If there’s someone in your life that really needs your support and compassion, here are 10 ways to ask how someone is doing that are empathetic and open-ended.

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There are millions of ways to find joy even in difficult times, but for some reason we are always prone to focusing on the negative.

Telling someone that they’ve been on your mind will instantly engender empathy and connection, as they will know that you’re concerned about them.

Allowing your colleague to vent about whatever has been on their mind will likely lead to a deeper, more honest conversation.

This is a rather sweet way of sparking a conversation about your friend or family member’s self-care routine.

If your friend or family member is dealing with something particularly stressful, ask them how you can help.

With the need for social distancing making it a more challenging than usual to see friends, offering to video call is the next best thing for some “face-to-face” catching up.

By inquiring about their day, you are creating the space for them to talk about whatever has affected their mood or feelings most recently.

If you know for a fact that your partner is going through a rough patch, it’s nice to ask a question that acknowledges the difficulty head-on.

Similar to offering your support, you can ask your friend if there is a specific task or activity that you can do to take the pressure off of them.

A final alternative to asking someone how they are is to open a discussion about their high moments and low moments of the week.

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