I get it. You’re busy. Who has time for small-chat with the barista as you rush off to work?
But it’s worth it. Those few minutes of interactions with your weak ties (such as that barista, the moms at pick-up, or your yoga instructor) have been scientifically shown to boost your happiness just as much as time with close friends and family.
Weak ties create a feeling community, making us feel like we belong. And, studies show that interacting with casual acquaintances opens up your professional network tenfold.
So today, take two minutes and strike up a conversation with a familiar face. You deserve a happiness boost.