Relationships 2.0: The Power of Tiny Interactions

As you’re going about your day, you likely interact with family, friends and coworkers. These relationships can help you feel cared for and connected. But what if there’s a whole category of people in your life whose impact is overlooked? In the second episode of our “Relationships 2.0” series, psychologist Gillian Sandstrom reveals some simple ways to make your life a little more joyful and maybe even a little less lonely. 

For more of our Relationships 2.0 series, listen to our episode on how we can do conflict better.

Additional Resources

Talking to strangers: A week-long intervention reduces psychological barriers to social connection, by Gillian Sandstrom, Erica Boothby, and Gus Cooney, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2022.

Why do people avoid talking to strangers? A mini meta-analysis of predicted fears and actual experiences talking to a stranger, by Gillian Sandstrom and Erica Boothby, Self and Identity, 2021.

Is efficiency overrated? Minimal social interactions lead to belonging and positive affect, by Gillian Sandstrom and E.W. Dunn, Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2018.

Social interactions and well-being: The surprising power of weak ties, by Gillian Sandstrom, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2014.

Loneliness, social isolation, and all-cause mortality in the United States, by Andrew Steptoe et al., Biological Sciences, 2013.


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