1. Break down what we think we know.
It’s no surprise that we make snap decisions. We see people and we get that “first impression.” According to scientists, it takes 1/10th of a second to form a first impression, but how many of our first impressions end up being correct? People are so much more than the box or category we naturally put them in give them a chance to broaden your horizons and show you.
2. Elevate your mental fit game.
According to Psychology Today, we NEED human interaction. They’re calling it the “Loneliness Crisis” and it has a greater negative impact on our health than smoking, high blood pressure, and obesity. Connecting with other people can result in a longer lifespan, lower anxiety and depression and help in faster disease recovery.
3. Boost your confidence.
A lot of us are a lil socially awkward and that’s ok. We fumble over our words, we get embarrassed easily, and some of us are just genuinely terrified to talk to someone - especially someone we’ve never met. But that’s the beauty of talking with a stranger… practice. Practice starting a conversation, listening, engaging and effectively ending it. Practice with someone who, chances are, you will never see again. So, if you stumble a little it’s all good you never have to see them again!
4. The possibilities are ENDLESS!
There’s a possibility that you could make a genuine connection. It could be a friendship, a romantic relationship, a business connection so leave yourself open! Every stranger you pass over is a missed opportunity for real, genuine connection.