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Been meaning to reach out to a loved one? An 8-minute phone call is all you need…

A phone call is one of the best ways to reach out to someone you’re close to.

Think of that person you’ve been meaning to reach out to, but you haven’t found the time to. Well, a new article says that time may no longer be a good excuse. The New York times recently issued a challenge to their readers to make an eight-minute phone call to a loved one. They say that it’s enough time to let you connect, but it won’t overwhelm your schedule.

Communications professor Dr. Jennifer Cummings walks us through it. She’s challenging you to make an 8-minute phone call two times per week.


What to Ask on a Phone Call

1 – Follow up on last time you talked: “How did that dinner with your in-laws go?”

2 – Choose only one issue in their life to ask about: “Just wanted to see how the kitchen remodel is going.”

3 – Share a memory: “I was just laughing about the time we got lost in the museum!”

4 – Give thanks or a compliment: “I was just thinking about the warm welcome you gave us when we moved here and I wanted to make sure you knew how much I appreciated your kindness.”

5 – Ask for highlights: “I’d love to hear a quick minute on how each of the kids is doing.”

6 – Ask for advice: “Hey, can I get your opinion on something?”

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