Kind of trendy for lots of reasons these days, with debate about “Facebook Friends” vs. real friends, “Bowling Alone”, a “loneliness epidemic”, data about the surprisingly strong impact of loneliness on health and longevity, etc.

There’s a strong correlation between being socially-active / being satisfied with your social network and general happiness.

Attachment style theory posits that people have a variety of go-to modes of attaching to people or keeping them at arm’s length, that these can be seen in infants and are pretty durable, and that aspects of connections (particularly romantic ones) between people can be predicted based on the attachment styles of the individuals. (J. Bowlby Attachment and Loss, 1969; M. Mikulincer & P.R. Shaver “Adult attachment and happiness” The Oxford Handbook of Happiness, 2013)

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it

Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes