Monday, November 4, 2013

Talk Deeply, Be Happy?

I just came across this interesting New York Times article from 2010 by Roni Caryn Rabin. The title asks the question, Talk Deeply, Be Happy?

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
The study shows a correlation between these kinds of conversation. That's not the same as proving cause
and effect. Correlation means they show up together significantly more often than would happen randomly. Dr. Mehl plans to investigate the question of causation as the next research step. Does having this kind of conversation make people happier?

Interesting, isn't it? I have to say, it feels right to me.

Catherine Boyer, MA, LCSW
Upper West Side Psychotherapy

1 comment:

  1. Nice Blog.Keep it up Thanks Adi, I think you are asking for great practioner in this field.Doing counseling & therapy is a relax making process.