Try This: Take one or two minutes out of your day to coordinate your actions as closely as possible with another person.

For example, take a walk around the block together, in both rhythm and length. Or listen a song together – everyone taps their fingers or claps their hands to the beat.

The Benefit: This act of neurological synchronisation when you play a game together with someone in the same physical space, activates the mirror neurons in your brain. Psychologists discovered that this strengthens your social bonds and increases your social intelligence.

Caution: Not all synchronisation leads to positive feelings or stronger bonds. If you synchronise around a negative emotion like anger or frustration, it creates more stress instead.

Researchers suggests, for example, that unhappily married couples actually go into downward spirals of synchronisation when they argue. The more they fight, the more their minds and bodies align- but with negative, rather than positive emotions!

Activity by Junie Phua

Source: McGonigal, Jane. SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver, and More Resilient. Penguin Press, 2015