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The Science of Making and Keeping FriendsBy Ten Percent Happier, Dan Harris, Robin Dunbar

In a Nutshell

In this October 2022 episode of the Ten Percent Happier podcast, Robin Dunbar explains the science of relationships and discusses how overcoming the barriers to building friendships can help our physical and mental wellbeing.

Favorite Quote

Most of those who don't have friends, although, for a while they may feel very happy about that, there will come a time in the end when loneliness will hit you and have serious psychological and physical consequences.

Robin Dunbar


More than ever, people are struggling to make and keep friends.

As our lives get busier, taking the time to care for our relationships becomes challenging, and we often set our relationships aside in favor of work or other responsibilities.

When we find ourselves isolated, we may struggle to make new friends, and that can have a serious impact on our wellbeing.

Robin Dunbar is a professor of evolutionary psychology at the University of Oxford and the creator of 'Dunbar's Number,' a measurement of our cognitive ability to maintain relationships.

In this October 2022 episode of Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris, Dunbar explains the history of Dunbar's Number, why relationships are so important, and how we can create and maintain friendships in this fast-paced, digital world.

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