University of Arizona psychologist Matthias Mehl headed up a study whose results indicated that people who engage less in small talk and more in meaningful conversations seem to be happier.
Dr. Mehl proposes that this is so because it fills two needs common to our species:
- The need to find meaning in life
- The need to connect with others
Interesting, isn't it? I have to say, it feels right to me.
Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
Upper West Side Psychotherapy