This is How to Combat Loneliness and Make More Friends

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Do you feel like you have fewer friends than you did in the past, or that the world is becoming increasingly disconnected every day? You're not the only one. In a post-COVID (and progressively more "remote") world, millions of people are finding it difficult to meet friends, build connections, and feel present in social situations. So, how do you navigate the current climate, combat looming loneliness, and become successful? 

On this episode of the Spartan Up! podcast, Spartan CEO and founder Joe De Sena sits down with Dr. Marisa G. Franco, author of Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make — and Keep — Friends, to discuss practical advice for combating isolation and building a strong support network, from taking the initiative to say "Hi" to joining a group that's out of your comfort zone. The result may just change your life.

Related: 4 Ways Good Friends Can Get You Through Anything (+ 5 Things to Commit to)

"We actually perceive the world differently when we're with friends," Franco says. "There's one study that found that when people estimate how steep a hill is alongside a friend, they see it as less steep... When we feel connected, we perceive challenges as less threatening than when we feel disconnected."

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