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Episode 02 - The Science of Friendship with Lydia Denworth '84

About the Episode: Our conversation with Lydia Denworth touched on new findings from neuroscience that show us the impact that relationships have on us, even down to the genetic level.
We touched on the different traits of positive, nourishing friendships, as well as the ambivalence that characterizes some of the others. Lydia walked us through the different ways we interact with friends and friendships throughout the various periods of our lives, and shared some thoughts on how we might better leverage the benefits of life’s fundamental bond in young people, through education. It was a rich conversation, filled with gems of thought for parents, professionals, or just any person looking to answer the call to level up to something better. 

About the Guest: Shipley alumna Lydia Denworth ’84 is a best-selling popular science writer. She has written on a broad range of scientific topics for outlets like The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Psychology Today, and has served as a contributing editor to Scientific American. Her third and most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond

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Take a Seat is a podcast about flourishing. It’s about the art of thriving, the science and practice of well-being, and people who are “crushing it.” Flourishing expert Dr. Nick Holton explores topics ranging from self-actualization, friendships, and transcendence, to optimal functioning, magnifying collective potential, and creating a better humanity. Guests include experts on the cutting edge of what it takes to help individuals and communities thrive. The podcast is produced by The Shipley School, a PreK-Grade 12 day school rethinking education and what we need to build a better world.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.