The Power of the Unexpected Check-in

New research on why you should reach out…

Rosa Diaz-Casal
The Shortform
Published in
May 16, 2024

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Photo by Andrea Piacquadio: https://www.pexels.com/photo/joyful-young-woman-phoning-on-street-in-evening-3776659/

I thought about reaching out to an old friend but worried they wouldn’t care.

But this new research compelled me to hit “send”.

Researchers found that people constantly misjudge how much surprise connections are valued. The more surprising the connection, the more grateful the…

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