New Podcast Season “How To Be Fine – With Friends” Tackles Loneliness with a Unique Twist

New York, NY – June 5, 2024 – As summer approaches and social activities ramp up, not
everyone finds themselves with plans and companionship. Addressing this issue head-on,
Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg, acclaimed hosts formerly of the By The Book podcast, are launching a new season, How To Be Fine – With Friends, to explore and test a variety of friend-making strategies.

In 2021, 12% of Americans reported having no close friends, highlighting a widespread
“pandemic of loneliness.” With their new season, Kristen and Jolenta aim to bridge this gap by diving into both traditional and modern methods of building friendships—from volunteering and using apps like Bumble BFF to participating in unique social experiments like Jon Levy’s Influencer Dinner.

How To Be Fine – With Friends is not your typical interview podcast. Each episode sees the
hosts putting different friend-making methods to the test, acting as guinea pigs in their own
social experiments. This hands-on approach allows listeners to learn what might work for them in real-time, providing both entertainment and practical advice.

The season will also feature conversations with renowned “friendship experts” such as Dr. Marisa Franco, author of Platonic: How the Science of Attachment Can Help You Make – and Keep – Friends, Jennie Allen, author of Find Your People: Building Deep Community in a Lonely World, and Shasta Nelson, author of Friendships Don’t Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girl Friends.

Kristen Meinzer comments, “In a world where many feel isolated, we’re excited to explore and share effective, sometimes surprising ways to make and deepen friendships. We believe that everyone can find something that works for them, and we’re here to help guide the way.”

How To Be Fine – With Friends promises to be both a resource and a beacon of hope for
anyone looking to combat loneliness and build meaningful connections.
The season is set to launch on June 13, 2024, just in time for listeners to start making new
friends for summer.

Find How To Be Fine – With Friends wherever you listen to podcasts.

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