May 3, 2021

As the world reopens for many of us, “awkward” has become the new normal. (Experts predict this long period of distancing has taken its toll on our social skills.)

When we see someone for the first time after this stretch – their whole 3D face, no mask, while remaining socially distanced and limiting physical interaction – are we going to fist bump, elbow touch, air hug and/or will we ever shake hands again?! Our reconnection may be….well…awkward.

I find that good humor is often the solution. If we can greet each other with a belly laugh, it might take the stiffness from our bodies, reduce our social anxiety, and figuratively reduce our distance.

And if someone doesn’t laugh along, perhaps we say “you’re still on mute”.

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