This isn’t exactly related to Bhutan or happiness economics or three good things, but it is a story from NPR about feeling good and human contact.
Sorry no three good things of late; I’m back to doing them in the notebook as I set out on some travels, and hope you’ll continue, too. Stay tuned for pictures of Bhutan….
Human Connections Start With A Friendly Touch
Social scientists have shown in many studies over the years that supportive touch can have good outcomes in a number of different realms. Consider the following examples: If a teacher touches a student on the back or arm, that student is more likely to participate in class. The more athletes high-five or hug their teammates, the better their game. A touch can make patients like their doctors more. If you touch a bus driver, he’s more likely to let you on for free. If a waitress touches the arm or shoulder of a customer, she may get a larger tip.