At one point in my career, many of my patients were World War II veterans. Beyond discussing their health, some wanted to touch on their military memories, their buddies, or what it was like to go to war. I learned so much, and I’m sure it helped me be a better, more empathetic doctor to them. I think a lot of that was because directly hearing about soldiers’ experiences was new to me. I urge you to get your eyeballs off your phone when you’re in line at the supermarket or coffee shop.
Talk, connect, be curious about other people. These may not be the most monumental of moments, but they can be meaningful ones.