It’s a cliché, but a space is the only place that really matters.
If it’s empty, it’s just empty.
And, in a space with plenty of people, the more people there are, the happier you will be.
That’s the message of this short video from a team at Google’s Ames Research Center in California.
The video was designed to highlight the emotional connection between people in the same space and the way they share and celebrate life.
“When you have an empty space, you feel empty, and it’s a very different experience,” says Lauren Fusco, a postdoctoral researcher at Ames and a co-author on the paper.
“You feel a lot more connected and you can feel more connected with your neighbors, your colleagues, the people around you.
That feels very good.”
In addition to sharing space, people also spend a lot of time there.
“You feel like you’re there when the other people are, when they’re there,” Fuscos says.
“It’s the feeling that you can really feel connected to people.”
When you feel connected with others, you can learn a lot.
Fuscoins video also features a series of exercises to help people work through their emotions.
For example, in the video, participants are asked to choose an emotion that describes a moment in their life that makes them feel connected, while another emotion describes a situation that makes people feel distant.
The exercise focuses on empathy, an ability to understand someone else’s perspective on the world.
“Empathy is really important,” Fosco says.
“It’s not just what you feel about someone else, it is about what you see, what you hear, and what you do.”
The work is part of Google’s research program to discover ways to build more connected communities.
“We’re working on ways to make our cities more connected, more inclusive, and more inviting for everyone,” says Adrienne Ziegler, director of research and product development for the Google Ideas program.
In the video of the space, Fuskos and Zieglers talk about how to create a space that feels alive and connected to its inhabitants.
The final video focuses on how to make a space feel more comfortable and welcoming.
“There’s no need to hide your emotions in a place that feels empty,” Fusscos says, “because that’s where it belongs.”