Have 'Deeper' Conversations and You'll Be Happier
A new study suggests you might want to skip the small talk and dive right into deep conversation.
As reported in yesterday's New York Times, people who engage in more meaningful and deeper conversations tend to be happier than those that don't:
"We found this so interesting, because it could have gone the other way — it could have been, 'Don’t worry, be happy’'— as long as you surf on the shallow level of life you’re happy, and if you go into the existential depths you’ll be unhappy,"Dr. Mehl said.But, he proposed, substantive conversation seemed to hold the key to happiness for two main reasons: both because human beings are driven to find and create meaning in their lives, and because we are social animals who want and need to connect with other people."By engaging in meaningful conversations, we manage to impose meaning on an otherwise pretty chaotic world," Dr. Mehl said. "And interpersonally, as you find this meaning, you bond with your interactive partner, and we know that interpersonal connection and integration is a core fundamental foundation of happiness."