In these testing times we’re growing weary. A telltale sign? Our loss of humour. When the pandemic began, a virtual “pundemic” was unleashed. Social media was awash with memes about toilet paper and working from home. Now, several months later, with much of Victoria still locked down and the economy in recession, the collective pulse of joy is simmering.
As we walk past people in streets or parks we’re keeping our distance – which on the one hand is making us feel safer, but on the other distances us emotionally. Whilst there is a science to masks reducing the spread of COVID, there’s also a science to humans sharing smiles. How do we blend the two?
Sharing a smile bridges connection. It sends a signal of warmth and reassurance – something we’re craving at present.
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