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Wellbeing Life Hacks

Life Hack #35: The Name Game

How did your parents choose your name? Where does your last name come from or what does it mean? How about your middle name?

Being curious about the names of people you interact with is a great way to build a connection. Feeling as though you belong is crucial to happiness, connectedness, productivity and more.

Belonging involves both vulnerability and acceptance.

How about starting small with new friends or colleagues by sharing the origin story of your first, middle, or last name? Often fun and/or meaningful stories will emerge, and you’ll get to know your friends/colleagues a little better.

Creating those connections allows you to create additional social bonds which have a positive impact on belonging. Not only that but knowing the story behind someone’s name also helps us to remember the name better!

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