We’re Julia Furlan, a host for NPR’s Life Kit podcast, and Dr. Gillian Sandstrom, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Essex in the U.K. Ask us anything about making and keeping friends as an adult.
Julia: I'm a host and reporter for NPR who recently took 45 minutes to buy an ice cream cone because I was busy talking to the lady from the Mr. Softee truck (shout out to Leslie and her life advice!). Friendship is something I take really seriously, which is why I loved diving in to talk to a huge number of people about it for our recent Life Kit guides.
Gillian: I’m a social psychologist at the University of Essex, in the U.K. My research looks at the benefits of interacting with strangers and acquaintances (the starting points for friendship), and the barriers that hold us back from talking. My most recent research study used a scavenger hunt app to make it fun to talk to strangers, you can play too! I consider myself an introvert, but I’ve come to love talking to strangers. My favorite fact learned from a stranger: people can ride ostriches!
You can read more here: Accept The Awkwardness: How To Make Friends (And Keep Them)