Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Science of Happiness: Cross-Group Friendships

10/27/15: Why Cross-Group Relationships Matter for Happiness

This section is about how important it is to be friends with people who are different than you.

So, not only are things like racism and homophobia bad for our society, they're actually bad for our health, because if we're prejudiced against a group, we stress the eff out when we deal with people who are members of that group.  And I don't know about you, but living in Queens, there's a good chance any given day that I could run into a member of literally any group.

But the more friends we have from outside our little bubbles, the less stressed out we are when faced with differences and novelty, and the more we actually seek it out. Diversity begets diversity begets healthier, happier lives.

So that's cool.

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