You don’t need to be a psychologist to recognise that having contact with other people is good for you.
At heart we’re social animals.
We thrive in the company of others.
The trouble is, we don’t always have the opportunity to be around other people every day.
(I know there will be some for whom even a moment of solitude and peace is a distant dream, but having recognised this, it’s possible to feel lonely even in the midst of other people – even surrounded by those you know well.)
Knowing now important social contact can be, it’s definitely worth remembering the principle that ‘every little counts’.
Walking along briskly the other day, an older lady stepped from the road onto the sidewalk in front of me and for the briefest of moments we did that thing where you try and avoid each other, but both end up going the same way.
In that tiny time we smiled at each other and gave a little chuckle.
No words were exchanged but it was a rewarding brief encounter.
Maybe you’ll be stuck at home all day, in which case a short phone call may have to do it for you.
But if you’re out and about, see if you can engineer one or two of these little, momentary interactions.
They keep you smiling long after they happen.