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Social Skill-Building Activities

For those wondering how to make more meaningful social connections, it can be tough to know where to start. It’s easy to get lost in our day-to-day lives and forget the importance of having deeper social connections. Close relationships benefit your health, as well as the health of those you connect with. No matter your age, we have lessons that will teach you how to stay socially connected. Choose one of the social skill-building activities below to find out how you can connect with others in creative and fun ways.

  • How to Stay Connected With a Loved…

    Adults, Families, Older Adults

    Memory loss can be heart-wrenching for the patient, and for their friends, family and caregivers. One of the most meaningful ways you can support someone with dementia is by staying present and connected.

  • Keep the Peace – Avoiding Disagreements at…

    Adults, All Ages, Families

    Seasonal celebrations often bring together people with different backgrounds, opinions and perspectives. This can create a wonderful opportunity to share and learn about each other, but it can also spark disagreements. Learn how you can help diffuse tense situations and keep the peace this holiday season.

  • Loneliness During the Holidays – How to…

    All Ages

    If you or a loved one is at risk of feeling alone this holiday season, now is the time to act. For some people, the holiday season is the best part of the year. For others, it’s more challenging.

  • Listening for Connection

    Adults, All Ages, Families

    Listening is a fundamental tool for successful relationships. It can be defined as giving attention to messages and information received through sound and action. Becoming aware of your current listening skills and behaviors, and practicing new ones, will strengthen your own ability to listen to connect and not just respond.

  • Deepening conversations


    Many of us crave relationships that go beyond casual chit chat. We want to feel heard and understood and help others feel the same. Fortunately, there are skills we can learn and steps we can take to deepen connection through meaningful conversation.

  • Connecting Across Cultures


    When we learn how to build social connections as fellow human beings, we learn there are things we all have in common, including a need for friends, family and love.

  • Reconnecting Tips

    All Ages

    Have you ever wanted to reconnect with someone from your past but didn’t know where to start or what to say? Below are a few tips to get started!

  • How to Video Chat

    All Ages, Older Adults

    There are many ways to connect, including using technology to have “face-to-face” time with friends and loved ones. Check out these resources and how-to’s for connecting through FaceTime and other applications.

  • Connection Across Differences


    Every one of us is unique. We have different values, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences. When we connect with others who are different from us, we learn new things and grow our appreciation for diversity. Check out these tips on how to connect across differences.

  • Building New Connections

    Adults, All Ages

    We know that social connections are important for living a healthy and happy life. Sometimes we find ourselves in new places or stages where we have fewer connections and are looking to make new friends. Explore ideas for expanding social networks in a post-pandemic world.

  • How to Talk About Loneliness


    There is a stigma associated with loneliness. And it is sometimes hard to talk to friends or loved ones about being lonely because you don’t know what to say. Here are a few tips on how to build social connections with the people in your life who may be lonely.

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