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Have you found a silver lining?

18 May 2020 by

Recent weeks have seen us move through a variety of emotions. For some it may seem we are in a refreshing pause, like a cool change in summer, for others an endless ferocious storm, but for most it’s been a steady mix of ups and downs, like Melbourne’s weather: four seasons in one day.

Despite the challenges of this pandemic, there are silver linings to be found. One big one we’ve heard about, is that the time with family once craved is suddenly possible as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. There’s now the luxury of time together for walks, meals, movies, games and more. All in all, though, nothing beats a good conversation!

Now you may find searching for interesting topics to talk about may be a challenge, given we are mostly doing the same things in the same environment as our family members. So we wanted to let you in on some interesting research that found that by working through some of the following questions, bonds could be formed and relationships strengthened. So how about it? Give some of these conversation starters a go…

  • Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  • Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  • What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?
  • For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  • If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  • Take four minutes and tell your life story in as much detail as possible.
  • If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future, or anything else, what would you want to know?
  • What is your most treasured memory?
  • What is your most terrible memory?
  • Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
  • Describe each other’s best friends?
  • What foreign country would you most like to visit? What attracts you to this place?
  • What is the best TV show/movie you’ve seen recently that your family hasn’t seen? Tell each other about it.
  • What is the best restaurant you’ve been to? Share why?
  • Share the funniest thing that ever happened to you when you were with a small child.
  • If you had to move from your home where would you go, and what would you miss the most about your home?
  • If you could invent a new flavour of ice-cream, what would it be?
  • What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
  • If you were going to become a close friend with someone, what would be important for them to know?
  • Tell each other something that you like about the other.


Questions were extracted and altered to suit families from the following study:  Aron, A., Melinat, E., Aron, E. N., Vallone, R. D., & Bator, R. J. (1997). The experimental generation of interpersonal closeness: A procedure and some preliminary findings. Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin, 23(4), 363-377. doi:10.1177/0146167297234003

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