We confide in strangers more often than we realize

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Ease yourself back into social life with low-stakes conversations

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Our social circles have shrunk, but not permanently

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“Sorry to cancel at the last minute!” is a comforting relic of old times

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The people who filled the background of your life are worth missing

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It’s easier than you think, and it’s never been more important

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Some science-backed insights on when to host your weddings and other milestone events

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The ability to understand another person can do a lot of good. Perhaps even stop a spreading virus.

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People are reporting that wearing masks make them feel less anxious and more confident

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Scrubbing your doorknobs may not be the best defense against the virus, but don’t let that stop you

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Allie Volpe

Writes about lifestyle, trends, and pop psychology for The Atlantic, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Washington Post, and more.

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