A scene from the film 'Simon the Jester', 1925. The film was distributed by the Producers Distributing Corporation (PDC). (Photo by Vintage Images/Getty Images)

We all think about it from time to time, “I should reach out to that old friend to see how they’re doing.”

It might seem like a small gesture, but scientists at the University of Pittsburgh say their study proves that reaching out to an old friend “just because” has a greater impact than one might think.

The researchers ran an experiment involving more than 5,900 people, in which they had folks text or call — or in some cases, sent an actual note or a small gift to friends with whom they’ve lost touch. Afterward, they polled both the givers and the recipients, grading how much that gesture meant on a points system.

Overwhelmingly, the researchers found, those that were the recipients of that call, text, or small gift reported high levels of appreciation, coupled with positive feelings from the surprise. On the other hand, those who made the effort consistently underestimated how much that gesture meant to the recipients.

The researchers noted that some of those who reached out felt hesitant to do so, but the scientists say those fears proved to be unfounded, particularly in light of how many of us lost touch because of the pandemic, and elements of life now like remote work.

The study’s author, Peggy Liu, Ph.D., said, “I sometimes pause before reaching out to people from my pre-pandemic social circle for a variety of reasons. When that happens, I think about these research findings and remind myself that other people may also want to reach out to me and hesitate for the same reasons.” “People are fundamentally social beings and enjoy connecting with others,” she concludes, noting how important maintaining social connections is “for our mental and physical health.” Dr. Liu’s study findings were also published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

So, those old telephone commercials were on to something when they told us to “reach out, and touch someone.”

Here Are The 2022 Emmy Nominations

  • Outstanding Drama Series

    Better Call Saul
    Euphoria
    Ozark
    Severance
    Squid Game
    Stranger Things
    Succession
    Yellowjackets

  • Outstanding Comedy Series

    Abbot Elementary
    Barry
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Hacks
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Only Murders In The Building
    Ted Lasso
    What We Do in the Shadows

  • Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

    Dopesick
    The Dropout
    Inventing Anna
    Pam & Tommy
    The White Lotus

  • Outstanding Television Movie

    Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers
    Ray Donovan: The Movie
    Reno 911!: The Hunt For QAnon
    The Survivor
    Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    Brian Cox — Succession
    Lee Jung-jae — Squid Game
    Bob Odenkirk — Better Call Saul
    Adam Scott — Severance
    Jeremy Strong — Succession

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

    Donald Glover — Atlanta
    Bill Hader — Barry
    Nicholas Holt — The Great
    Steve Martin — Only Murders In The Building
    Martin Short — Only Murders In The Building
    Jason Sudeikis — Ted Lasso

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

    Colin Firth — The Staircase
    Andrew Garfield — Under The Banner Of Heaven
    Oscar Isaac — Scenes From A Marriage
    Michael Keaton — Dopesick
    Himesh Patel — Station Eleven
    Sebastian Stan — Pam & Tommy

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

    Jodie Comer — Killing Eve
    Laura Linney — Ozark
    Melanie Lynskey — Yellowjackets
    Sandra Oh — Killing Eve
    Reese Witherspoon — The Morning Show
    Zendaya, Euphoria

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

    Rachel Brosnahan — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Quinta Brunson — Abbott Elementary
    Kaley Cuoco — The Flight Attendant
    Elle Fanning — The Great
    Issa Rae — Insecure
    Jean Smart — Hacks

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

    Toni Collette — The Staircase
    Lily James — Pam & Tommy
    Sarah Paulson — Impeachment: American Crime Story
    Margaret Qualley — MAID
    Amanda Seyfried — The Dropout

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

    Nicholas Braun — Succession
    Billy Crudup — The Morning Show
    Kieran Culkin — Succession
    Park Hae-soo — Squid Game
    Matthew Macfadyen — Succession
    John Turturro — Severance
    Christopher Walken — Severance
    Oh Yeong-su — Squid Game

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

    Anthony Carrigan — Barry
    Brett Goldstein — Ted Lasso
    Toheeb Jimoh — Ted Lasso
    Nick Mohammed — Ted Lasso
    Tony Shalhoub — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Tyler James Williams — Abbott Elementary
    Henry Winkler — Barry
    Bowen Yang — Saturday Night Live

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

    Murray Bartlett — The White Lotus
    Jake Lacy — The White Lotus
    Will Poulter — Dopesick
    Seth Rogen — Pam & Tommy
    Peter Sarsgaard — Dopesick
    Michael Stuhlbarg — Dopesick
    Steve Zahn — The White Lotus

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    Patricia Arquette — Severance
    Julia Garner — Ozark
    Jung Ho-yeon — Squid Game
    Christina Ricci — Yellowjackets
    Rhea Seehorn — Better Call Saul
    J. Smith-Cameron — Succession
    Sarah Snook — Succession
    Sydney Sweeney — Euphoria

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    Alex Borstein — The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Hannah Einbinder — Hacks
    Janelle James — Abbott Elementary
    Kate McKinnon — Saturday Night Live
    Sarah Niles — Ted Lasso
    Sheryl Lee Ralph — Abbott Elementary
    Juno Temple — Ted Lasso
    Hannah Waddingham — Ted Lasso

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

    Connie Britton — The White Lotus
    Jennifer Coolidge — The White Lotus
    Alexandra Daddario — The White Lotus
    Kaitlyn Dever — Dopesick
    Natasha Rothwell — The White Lotus
    Sydney Sweeney — The White Lotus
    Mare Winningham — Dopesick

  • Outstanding Variety Talk Series

    The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
    Jimmy Kimmel Live!
    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
    Late Night With Seth Meyers
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

  • Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

    Controlling Britney Spears (New York Times Presents)
    George Carlin’s American Dream
    Lucy And Desi
    The Tinder Swindler
    We Feed People

  • Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

    The Andy Warhol Diaries
    The Beatles: Get Back
    jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy
    100 Foot Wave
    We Need To Talk About Cosby
    My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
    The Problem With Jon Stewart
    Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy
    Vice

  • Reality Competition Program

    The Amazing Race • CBS • WorldRace Productions, Inc.
    Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls
    Nailed It!
    RuPaul’s Drag Race
    Top Chef
    The Voice

  • Reality Series (Structured)

    Antiques Roadshow
    Fixer Upper: Welcome Home
    Love Is Blind
    Queer Eye
    Shark Tank

  • Animated Series

    Arcane
    Bob’s Burgers
    Rick And Morty
    The Simpsons
    What If…?

  • Short Form (Animated)

    The Boys Presents: Diabolical
    Love, Death + Robots
    Robot Chicken
    Star Wars: Visions
    When Billie Met Lisa