4/09/2019 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: North Ballroom ABCD
What is the importance of face-to-face contact—especially as we age? Susan Pinker’s work examines how in-person connection is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity: tight bonds of friendship and love heal us, help us learn, extend our lives and make us happy. Looser in-person bonds matter, too, combining with our close relationships to form a personal “village” around us, one that exerts unique effects. And not just any social networks will do: we need the real, face-to-face, in-the-flesh encounters that tie human families, groups of friends and communities together. As we grow older, strong social bonds and uninterrupted face-time with our friends and families are integral to thriving. In this talk, Pinker explores how creating our own “village effect” can make us happier, and truly enhance our lives.