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Do Monsters Exist?

Dave Gill | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home
Dave Gill

Rarely do we hear about the good stuff in the world. Yet most of us see it happen time and time again with our own eyes.

The Art of Meaningful Mixing: How to Network Before, During, and After an Event

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 10.19.2014 | Home
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Ever feel queasy about going to an event where you don't know other guests? Talking to strangers does not come naturally to many people, but it's important to learn to do so. Social events are your opportunity to make new friends and business acquaintances.

The Amazing Thing That Happened When I Decided To Be Nice

Posted 03.11.2015 | Home

It's not that Meredith Bryan didn't have friends -- it's that she wasn't, well, friendly. Until she tore down the fortress she'd built around herself,...

Why We're Starting Nametag Day on June 1 in NYC

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 05.08.2013 | New York
Michael Morgenstern

A few times I sat on the subway, wondering what the scene would look like if everyone were wearing a nametag. Nicer. Friendlier. "This is something I should propose to the mayor," I thought... or maybe some large bank or other group. Someone ought to do it, that's for sure.

How Acknowledging Pain Can Help You Get Through It

Tara Brach | Posted 01.16.2013 | Home
Tara Brach

We bring alive the spirit of Radical Acceptance when, instead of resisting emotional pain, we are able to say "yes" to our experience. The instant we agree to feel fear or vulnerability, greed or agitation, we are holding our life with an unconditionally friendly heart.

Hey, I Just Met You...

Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie | Posted 10.10.2012 | Home
Mikaela Gilbert-Lurie

I did the scariest thing I have ever done. I put down my phone, and said in a tiny voice, "Oh... hey. I'm Mikaela." And that, my friends, was when I realized that I have been living my life all wrong.

Don't Stop Your Child From Being Friendly

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2012 | Home
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's really important to teach kids to be safe -- to make sure that they never go anywhere with anyone without telling you, for example. But please, please, don't squelch their friendliness.

So Good, It's Gotta Be True

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 10.01.2012 | Home
Deborah Schoeberlein David

If everyone gets along, and not in that "pleasant on the surface but back-stabbing underneath" kinda way, then a community benefits at multiple levels. Happiness is contagious. We pick up on other people's emotions and then experience, if not broadcast those feelings.

'It's Not Me, It Is You'

Meredith Gordon | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Meredith Gordon

If there's a room full of people who don't want or need to make friends, there is invariably one in the room who wants and needs to make a friend. That person will, without fail, find me.

Why Do We Walk Past Each Other Like Strangers?

Ora Nadrich | Posted 03.12.2012 | Home
Ora Nadrich

I think we should simply do away with hand shaking altogether and adopt the prayer salutation. I'm all for bringing out our inner Buddha and showing it off, and a good way to do that is by how we greet each other each day.

Taking Names, Get Past Big City Disconnect

Camilla Webster | Posted 02.07.2012 | New York
Camilla Webster

In New York and around the world, the truth is we are simple animals with complicated lives. At the end of the day, we are emotional beings welling over with the desire to connect to each other.

Take a Stand.. Be Friendly: Why Friendliness Is Almost Subversive

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

In its own quiet way, ordinary friendliness takes a stand that is almost subversive these days: that the world has many more opportunities than threats, that most people want the best for others.

Can Columbia Pay Its Students To Be Friendly?

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Maybe money can't buy happiness. But can it buy friendliness? Columbia University is hoping it can. The Office of Residential Programs at the unive...