Comfort of human connection

Wellbeing by Design is an original live conversation series with Dr. Juliette Tobias-Webb & Vishal George. We share insights, evidence and practical tools from behavioural science to design a life with intention so that we feel better equipped to support the beautiful humans around us.

In this conversation, we explore the "comfort of human connection". The research shows that people who struggle with loneliness end up living shorter lives, and they also are at an increased risk for heart disease, depression, dementia, anxiety, and a host of other conditions. The topics we discuss are: (1) Why do our social connections matter? (2) What does the behavioural research tell us about loneliness and social connectivity? (3) How can we incorporate human connection into our lives for hope and healing?

Juliette has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. She enjoyed stints as a lecturer and research officer at globally-renowned institutions including the University of British Columbia, the University of Sydney, Bond University, and Kaplan University. She has also published a number of journal articles in leading psychology and neuroscience journals.

Connect with Dr. Juliette Tobias-Webb on LinkedIn

Vishal is the Chief Behavioural Scientist at Behavioural by Design — on a mission to make behaviour change tools more accessible for social, environmental and wellbeing outcomes.


Juliette's insight — We don't have to fight loneliness alone (Podcast/TED)

Juliette's insight — Behavioral insights for minimizing loneliness (Research paper)

Juliette's insight — Volunteering helped reduce loneliness (Blog)

Juliette's insight — The Behavioural Science of Creating Connections (Article/blog)

Juliette's insight — How loneliness can make you sick (Research paper)

Juliette's insight — New service allows customers to pay for postal workers (Case study/Guardian article)

Vishal's insight — Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection (Book)

Vishal's insight — Social Relationships and Mortality Risk (Research paper)

Vishal's insight — 3 Wellbeing Insights To Reduce Loneliness (Behavioural by Design blog)

Vishal's insight — Shared Experiences Are Amplified (Research paper)

Vishal's insight — The Healing Power of Human Connection with Dr. Vivek Murthy (Podcast)

Vishal's insight — The Surprising Truth About Happiness with Professor Laurie Santos (Podcast)

Nathalie Spencer's (Linkedin connect) insight — Somewhere in between by Prof Karl Moore (Research article)

Sue Cardwell's (Linkedin connect) insight — Make Give Live (Website/Case study)

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