18 Mar Happiness is…deep and meaningful conversations
Would you be happier if you spent more time discussing the state of the world and the meaning of life _ã” and less time talking about the weather?
It may sound counterintuitive, but people who spend more of their day having deep discussions and less time engaging in small talk seem to be happier, said Matthias Mehl, a psychologist at the University of Arizona who published a study on the subject.
_ã–We found this so interesting, because it could have gone the other way _ã” it could have been, _ãÄDon_ã_t worry, be happy_ã_ _ã” as long as you surf on the shallow level of life you_ã_re happy, and if you go into the existential depths you_ã_ll be unhappy,_ã 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.
_ã–By engaging in meaningful conversations, we manage to impose meaning on an otherwise pretty chaotic world,_ã Dr. Mehl said. _ã–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._ã
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