Well-being is related to having less small talk and more substantive conversations

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 21:14 in Psychology & Sociology

Is a happy life filled with trivial chatter or reflective and profound conversations? In a new study, the happiest participants had twice as many substantive conversations and one third as much small talk as the unhappiest participants. In addition, the happiest participants spent 25 percent less time alone and 70 percent more time talking than the unhappiest participants, suggesting that the happy life is social and conversationally deep rather than solitary and superficial.

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