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Circles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line San Francisco’s Dolores Park on May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Bursting social bubbles after COVID-19 will make cities happier and healthier again

The social restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic have illustrated how important human connections are to health.
In addition to being fun, video games can build real-world skills. Carol Yepes/Moment via Getty images

Is gaming good for kids?

Research shows multiple social and cognitive benefits of playing video games.
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Social activity can be good for mental health, but whether you benefit depends on how many friends you have

Social relationships are generally good for mental health, but too much social activity can backfire, leading to fatigue and feelings of guilt when there isn’t enough time to nurture relationships.
Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Why friendships are falling apart over politics

A recent Pew survey showed just how deep the divide has become, with about 40% of registered voters saying that they didn’t have a single close friend supporting a different presidential candidate.
Quaranteams offer a way to limit the risk of infection while also maintaining social contacts and mental health. Oqvector / iStock Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it’s not easy to be in a quaranteam.

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