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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

Pickleball for all

The health benefits of pickleball, America’s fastest-growing sport

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard of pickleball, the fastest-growing sport in America for the second year in a row.  Said to have been named for the creators’ family dog, pickleball is like the youngest sibling of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. It’s played with a paddle and a Read More...

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8 Ways to manage social anxiety and feelings of shyness

As we enter summer in what feels like a "post-pandemic" era, we may find ourselves out of practice when it comes to socializing and interacting with others who are outside our bubble. This may lead to feeling shyer than you would normally, or feelings of social anxiety. Though social anxiety and Read More...

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Rusty social skills? 5 ways to reconnect with socialization

Now that there are more opportunities to go out and socialize, you may be experiencing some mixed emotions regarding social events. You may have thought to yourself as soon as these restrictions are over, I’m going to be a regular party animal. This could be especially true for those who've been Read More...

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How to cancel plans last minute in the least offensive way possible

We all have those weeks where we jam pack our schedule with plans and responsibilities, only to come to the day realizing you don't have enough energy, time, or money to realistically follow through. If you can relate to this awkward situation and have struggled with how you should cancel plans Read More...

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Here's how to overcome social anxiety and get that conversation going

Are you feeling out of practice when it comes to social situations? You’re not alone. The pandemic has put unique strains on us, and as we learn to adjust to a new normal, we may find that sparking up a conversation is harder than it once was. Here are some tips to get you back into the social Read More...

Friluftsliv: How to socialize

Friluftsliv: How to socialize in the cold without feeling miserable

To help people cope mentally with the idea of another winter lockdown, we shared a story a couple of months ago about the “Tromsø” mindset—a positive way of thinking about the long, dark winter that people experience in the Norwegian city of Tromsø. Today, we’re going to take another Read More...

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3 ways to make new friends while working remotely

For all the comfort that working remotely might offer, there’s one crucial aspect of spending time with others in-person is proving difficult to replace: friendship. In an 18-month study of a Fortune 500 technology firm with a remote workforce, researchers found that virtual teammates faced Read More...

How to survive in a room full

How to survive in a room full of strangers

For some of us, there is nothing more intimidating than walking into a room and realizing you don’t know a single soul (we’re looking at you, introverts). For others (hey, extroverts!), this kind of unfamiliarity paired with the opportunity to meet new people is refreshing — even Read More...