Philosophy and Happiness

A recent study by Matthias Mehl, a psychologist at the University of Arizona, claims talking about deeper issues rather than small talk makes people happier.

It seems the happiest person in the study had twice as many substantive conversations, and only one-third of the amount of small talk as the unhappiest.

“By engaging in meaningful conversations, we manage to impose meaning on an otherwise pretty chaotic world,” Dr. Mehl said. “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.”

So can people actually get happier by just talking more about meaningful things?