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Summary

After decades of affluence, we’re busy renovating our homes, buffing and botoxing our bodies and losing ourselves in passive entertainment and shopping, as depression and anxiety soar. And with the arrival of Netflix and Uber Eats, there’s less and less incentive to leave home. Could our constant need for connection be messing with our brains? Is this why we’re losing our ability to strike up a conversation with anyone we don’t know? And given that so many of our kids lack one-on-one attention and regular touch, are we raising this new generation to be profoundly lonely?

Right now, many of our relationships at home and at work, as well as in our communities are struggling. What, then, are the best ways back to belonging, and what might a more engaged community look like?

©2021 Maggie Hamilton (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"When We Become Strangers encapsulates the workings of our modern world. It’s an intuitive read, examining issues of our time, consumerism, loneliness, social media fixation, greed and the rule of technology on our kids." (Lisa Friedlander, sales and leadership coach) 

"Maggie has again, done what she does best, placed a microscope over modern society and looked closely at who, what and how we are.... When We Become Strangers is a book every person should read." (Andrew Line, creator/director, The Rite Journey) 

"Maggie restores hope and gives simple, practical steps we can all take to feel safe and connected, as we build a new way of living and turn around the estrangement we all feel." (Katrina Cavanough, CEO, The Kindness on Purpose Movement)

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