Conversations That Don't Suck

Social Wellbeing During a Pandemic with Kasley Killam

Episode Summary

Kasley is on the pod this week! Kasley was introduced to me by a mutual friend and let's just say it was intellectual love at first sight. Kasley specializes in the science of and strategies for social well-being: the dimension of health that comes from connection and community. She holds a master's in public health from Harvard University and is a writer, speaker, consultant, and member of local, state, and national coalitions working to address the loneliness epidemic. Based in San Francisco, Kasley led community engagement and strategic partnerships at Verily, the spin-out of Google focused on health tech, and previously conducted research on mental health and positive psychology. In this conversation, we discuss: loneliness stats in the pandemic (that you may be surprised to hear), the importance of relationships on our physical health, our experiences with loneliness and connection, Kasley’s public health research on social health, chronic vs. situational loneliness, why more friends is not the answer to loneliness, the shifting needs of social capital, and the future of loneliness and connection with physical distancing. Website: http://kasleykillam.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KasleyKillam Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/killam.with.kindness/ Scientific American articles: https://www.scientificamerican.com/author/kasley-killam/ Psychology Today blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/social-health

Episode Notes

Kasley is on the pod this week! Kasley was introduced to me by a mutual friend and let's just say it was intellectual love at first sight. Kasley specializes in the science of and strategies for social well-being: the dimension of health that comes from connection and community. She holds a master's in public health from Harvard University and is a writer, speaker, consultant, and member of local, state, and national coalitions working to address the loneliness epidemic. Based in San Francisco, Kasley led community engagement and strategic partnerships at Verily, the spin-out of Google focused on health tech, and previously conducted research on mental health and positive psychology.

In this conversation, we discuss: loneliness stats in the pandemic (that you may be surprised to hear), the importance of relationships on our physical health, our experiences with loneliness and connection, Kasley’s public health research on social health, chronic vs. situational loneliness, why more friends is not the answer to loneliness, the shifting needs of social capital, and the future of loneliness and connection with physical distancing.

Website: http://kasleykillam.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KasleyKillam

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/killam.with.kindness/

Scientific American articles: https://www.scientificamerican.com/author/kasley-killam/

Psychology Today blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/social-health