Constructing Connection: Why Relationships Keep Us Young and Make Us Happier with Marta Zaraska, Jenn Bane & Trin Garritano


Marta Zaraka, Jenn Bane & Trin Garritano


We are all seeking out ways to stay connected to family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. We do so because physically, emotionally, and spiritually humans thrive in communities. Studies indicate close contact with others can have a positive effect on our health, wellbeing, and longevity. Without friendships or other relationships, we become lonely, which can cause detrimental changes in our behavior. To discover how we can live longer while enjoying the precious time of our lives, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with three female authors who value connection, friendship, and community. Marta Zaraska sheds light on how positive engagements with others can lengthen our time on earth and shares insights from her book, Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100. And, Jenn Bane and Trin Garritano discuss friendship dynamics, tips for creating friendships that endure, and excerpts from their book, Friendshipping: The Art of Finding Friends, Being Friends, and Keeping Friends.

About Lisa’s guests: 

Marta Zaraska is a science journalist published in the Washington Post, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Atlantic, Discover, and more. She is the author of MeatHooked: The History and Science of Our Two and a Half Million Year Obsession with Meat

Book: Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100

Jenn Bane is a writer, editor, producer, and co-host of the podcast Friendshipping, a feel-good advice show about making friends. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and lives in Chicago with her husband and dog. 

Trin Garritano is a writer, game developer, and the other half of the Friendshipping podcast. She has contributed to games like Asmadi Games’ tabletop roleplaying game 1001 Odysseys, and Victorian dating simulator Max Gentlemen: Sexy Business. She lives with her partner, cats, and too many plants in Chicago. 

Book: Friendshipping: The Art of Finding Friends, Being Friends, and Keeping Friends

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