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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.
Issues of New York Magazine March 16-29, 2020 are on display at a newsstand in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Thursday, March 19, 2020. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Can I complain about coronavirus? Why it is OK to vent, sometimes

With so much sadness and loss from COVID-19, some of us may feel selfish if we complain about relative inconveniences. But because humans are creatures of habit, changes are hard.
When neighbourhoods lose their corner stores, they also lose a place where people meet and feel like part of their local community. Susan Fitzgerald/Flickr

More than milk and bread: corner store revival can rebuild neighbourhood ties

As neighbourhoods lost their milk bars, they also lost a daily point of connection for locals. But all is not lost. In some areas, the humble corner store is making a comeback.
Individuals wearing virtual reality headsets often look isolated. But research shows they can experience profound emotions such as awe, which enhance their feelings of social connection and wellbeing. (Shutterstock)

Inspired, magical, connected: How virtual reality can make you well

Research shows that virtual reality experiences can help social disconnection and improve wellness - by inspiring awe.
Social connectedness supports our physical and mental health. Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash

Are you part of a social group? Making sure you are will improve your health

Social connectedness is at least as good for your health as quitting smoking or exercise. So what is it and how can you get some of it?

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