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Publisher's Summary

After a year of social distancing and lockdown measures during the pandemic, it’s more clear than ever that our friendships and social bonds are vital to our health and happiness. This refreshing, positive guide helps you take care of your people and form deep connections in the digital age

We are lonelier than ever. The average American hasn't made a new friend in the last five years.

Research has shown that people with close friends are happier, healthier, and live longer than people who lack strong social bonds. But why - when we are seemingly more connected than ever before - can it feel so difficult to keep those bonds alive and well? Why do we spend only four percent of our time with friends?

In this warm, inspiring guide, Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky proposes a new solution for the mounting pressures of modern life: focus on your friendships. Smiley offers practical habits and playful reminders on how to create meaningful connections, make new friends, and deepen relationships. He'll help you develop a healthier relationship with technology, but he'll also encourage you to prioritize real-world experiences, send snail mail, and engage in self-reflective exercises.

Written in short, digestible, action-oriented sections, this book reminds us that nurturing old and new friendships is a ritual, a necessity, and one of the most worthwhile things we can do in life.

©2021 Adam Smiley Poswolsky (P)2021 Running Press Adult

Critic Reviews

“Smiley is a friendship visionary, snatching friendship out of the once-a-month-happy-hour box we tend to place it in and teaching us how to pump our friendships with fresh life. At our core we are social, but technology has alienated us from our roots. Smiley brings us back home.” (Dr. Marisa Franco, psychologist and friendship expert)

“Follow Smiley’s advice in this book and make sure your time is time well spent with the people you love most.” (Tristan Harris, cofounder and president, Center for Humane Technology) 

“Vulnerable and inspiring, this book will bring more creativity, play, and wonder into your social life.” (Amber Rae, author of Choose Wonder over Worry

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This Gave Me Hope

Dear Author, Thank you for sharing your story and your perspective. I needed to hear a lot of this.

I've just moved to a new city with my husband with the pandemic still lingering. Making friends is hard right now especially for an introvert, and I often feel lonely without close friend connections. I found this book insightful and relatable and will definitely try the things you talked about, so thank you!

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