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The Science of Friendship: BIG IDEAS at CIIS with Christine Brooks

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California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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Friendship keeps us healthy and happy throughout life, but why?

A lifelong passion for understanding interpersonal connections and how nurturing our social networks increases our health and wellbeing led Christine Brooks to co-found the Science of Friendship project—a research and information hub dedicated to all things friendship. According to Christine, the motivations, behaviors, and skills necessary to make and maintain friendships help build self-knowledge and enhance emotional intelligence.

Recent studies have found:

  • Strong friendships in childhood are a better indicator of professional success in adulthood than IQ scores.
  • Older adults ward off depression at greater rates when regularly engaged in social interaction.
  • Loneliness is bad for your health—we are wired for friendship—the field of neurobiology has shown that our brains and nervous systems repair themselves via interactions with others.

Join Christine Brooks, PhD in a discussion of her research and learn practical tips about how to make friends including ways to find common purpose, create solidarity, and use the power of interconnection to enhance our lives.

Christine Brooks, PhD is a coach and educator who has been integrating creativity and self-awareness practices into her own work and in supporting the work of others for over 20 years. She has a doctorate in psychology with specializations in clinical psychology and transformative education and research. Christine co-founded the Science of Friendship Project in 2012 because she believes that our capacities for interaction and connection are our greatest commodities. In addition to her coaching practice, Christine does independent research on friendship, teaches at the CIIS, and runs workshops and trainings on friendship and social & emotional intelligence.

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