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Mar. 19th, 2010

04:32 pm - Talk Deeply, Be Happy?

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via well.blogs.nytimes.com

"Would you be happier if you spent more time discussing the state of the world and the meaning of life — 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.
The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, involved 79 college students — 32 men and 47 women — who agreed to wear an electronically activated recorder with a microphone on their lapel that recorded 30-second snippets of conversation every 12.5 minutes for four days, creating what Dr. Mehl called “an acoustic diary of their day.” "

Via Gayle Karen Young.

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Date:March 21st, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
whodathunk. actually engaging people instead of passing time with dismissive tidbits is more fulfilling.
science is awesome.
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