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  1. The Tap Code

    Bob Shumaker describes the Tap Code he and fellow POWs developed during their years of solitary confinement in Vietnam.

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  2. Your Friends' Friends Can Make You Happy

    Dr. Nicholas Christakis explains how happiness flows one person to another.

  3. The First Connection

    Dr. Lane Strathearn talks about the mother-child bond and how that sets the stage for a lifetime of social connections.

  4. Choosing Friends

    Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how she chooses her friends.

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  5. Tennis Friends

    John McEnroe talks about the difficulty of maintaining friendships.

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  6. Career and friendship

    John Leguizamo talks about how success altered his priorities and threatened his friendships.

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  7. You can't buy happiness

    America Ferrara shares a personal story about the isolation she felt in the early days of her acting career.

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  8. The Loneliness Alarm

    Dr. John Cacioppo, who studies loneliness and social isolation, explains why loneliness is bad for our health.

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Connection

Connection This collection of videos looks at our earliest attachment, the power of social networks, and the epidemic of loneliness.

Our need for social connection begins the day we are born, when we attach to our parent or caregiver.

In this collection of videos, extraordinary individuals and distinguished experts discuss the power of social connections, the importance of social networks, and the epidemic of loneliness. A former POW shares a moving story of friendship and survival, and celebrities reveal the challenges they've had in building and maintaining friendships.

  1. The Tap Code

    Chapter 1: The Tap Code

    How do you survive 3 years of solitary confinement in a POW camp? Bob Shumaker explains how a tap code allowed he and his fellow POWs to communicate.

  2. Your Friends' Friends Can Make You Happy

    Chapter 2: Your Friends' Friends Can Make You Happy

    Dr. Nicholas Christakis, who has spent 10 years studying human social networks, explains how happiness flows one person to another.

  3. The First Connection

    Chapter 3: The First Connection

    Dr. Lane Strathearn describes the enduring nature of the mother-child bond and how that sets the stage for a lifetime of social connections.

  4. The Friendship Challenge

    Chapter 4: The Friendship Challenge

    Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how she has changed the way she chooses her friends, John McEnroe talks about the difficulty of maintaining friendships, and John Leguizamo talks about how success altered his priorities and threatened his friendships.

  5. The Loneliness Alarm

    Chapter 5: The Loneliness Alarm

    America Ferrara shares a personal story about the isolation she felt in the early days of her acting career. Dr. John Cacioppo, who studies loneliness and social isolation, explains why loneliness is bad for our health.