The barista cheerfully remembers your regular order and has it started before you’ve said hello. Warmed inwardly, cup in hand, you step onto the sidewalk, and a passerby—the older woman who walks her sweet terrier every morning—greets you with a familiar smile. These are not friends, exactly, but people you are pleased to run into because they confer a sense of belonging. They are a part of your community, and you are a part of theirs. New York Times columnist This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Dr. Woo Meet the tattoo artist who's inked LA. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Walt Odets The author and clinical psychologist on why self-acceptance is the key to a gay man's well-being. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 A Picture of Health Xiaopeng Yuan photographs the world’s weirdest wellness cures. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi Inside the astrology company on a mission to prove workplace well-being is more than a corporate tagline. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Julia Bainbridge On the life-enhancing potential of not drinking alcohol.