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Your Friends' Friends Can Make You Happy

Dr. Nicholas Christakis, who studies the mathematical, social, and genetic determinants of social network structure, explains how happiness flows one person to another.

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The Loneliness Alarm

  • John Cacioppo, Ph.D.
  • Dr. John Cacioppo, who studies loneliness and social isolation, explains that loneliness is connected to mental and physical disorders.

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You can't buy happiness

  • America Ferrera
  • America Ferrara, the star of the hit TV series Ugly Betty, shares a personal story about the isolation she felt in the early days of her acting career.

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Choosing Friends

  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how she chooses her friends and the value of those special relationships.

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Tennis Friends

  • John McEnroe
  • John McEnroe talks about the difficulty of maintaining friendships.

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Career and friendship

  • John Leguizamo
  • Actor John Leguizamo shares a personal story about how success altered his priorities and threatened his friendships.

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The First Connection

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

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