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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Build a Bridge

I suppose that loneliness is one of the leading causes of unhappiness. (Not being alone, but being lonely; there's a difference.)

And unless you live in a cave, or on an island like Robinson Crusoe (and even he had Friday), there's really no excuse for it.

There are people around you--at work, in class, at the grocery store, on the bus. Nearly six billion of them.

The problem is, someone has to make the first move.

There may be another person at a nearby desk in the office: same gender, about your age, seems pleasant. But all your talk is business, business, business.

Why not reach out? "What are you doing after work tomorrow? How about lunch next week? Do you have time for coffee Saturday?"

It's that easy.

What's stopping you?

Sure, work friendships can complicate things. But it can also make going to work a little more fun. Take a leap!

So look around. Find someone who looks simpatico. Screw up your courage, and build a bridge.

And if you strike out, try again. And again. Until someone "clicks."

You'll be happier.

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