How to Human: Combatting Loneliness and Cultivating Friendship

Feb 21, 2024

12:00 PM

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Rachel McLaren

Register: https://foriowa.info/4bvN0eE

The world is facing a loneliness epidemic, with people increasingly spending more time alone. Research has demonstrated that friendships play a crucial role in leading a happy and healthy life. However, individuals encounter unique challenges in forging and sustaining friendships across different stages of life—whether it's as a young professional, while raising a family, or navigating a demanding career.

Join Rachel McLaren, an associate professor in the University of Iowa Department of Communication Studies, for an engaging workshop designed to help people combat loneliness and foster meaningful friendships. While some may believe that friendships should develop naturally without much effort, research indicates that creating meaningful connections requires intentionality. In this virtual lecture, you’ll have the opportunity to acquire evidence-based strategies for forming connections with others and nurturing friendships throughout your life. Participants will leave with valuable communication tools that empower them to build the fulfilling relationships they desire in their lives.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at