Are you the kind of person who loves chatting to strangers? Like people in cafes, parks or the train?
Or does the thought of small talk make you cringe?
On All in the Mind this week, we cover a growing body of research on how talking to strangers can make you feel happier, more connected to your community and less lonely.
Listen to the podcast, The peculiar power of talking to strangers.
Author: The Power of Strangers: The Benefits of Connecting in a Suspicious World
Dr Gillian Sandstrom
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Essex