5 strangers and what you could say to them 

Talking to strangers improves our well-being and sense of belonging. Psychologist Gillian Sandstrom offers a host of resources on how to talk to people we don’t already know. An article in The Atlantic describes Sandstrom’s approach as telling “people to follow their curiosity—notice something, compliment a person, or ask them a question.”

Strike up a conversation with:

  1. Your barista: “Wow, it’s been a long morning –  this coffee will help. How has your day been?”
  2. Your grocery clerk: “It’s so sunny out – has it been super busy here today?”
  3. Someone walking their dog: “Hi, I like your dog. What’s their name?” or “Your dog is so energetic! How old are they?”
  4. Your “