Author: Virginia Avery, Categories: Your Conversation Power
Psychologists from St. Louis’ Washington U and the University of Arizona wanted to know if there was much difference in the conversations of people who are generally happy, as opposed to those who generally unhappy.
They set up an experiment to discover what differences, if any, exist between the two groups by having volunteers wear an unobtrusive recording device called the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR) for four days.
After analyzing the conversations from volunteers, researchers discovered that the happiest participants spent more time talking than the unhappy participants. The happiest individuals also spent less time alone, and when they talked, their conversations had more depth.
Their conclusion: “Happy people tend to talk more than unhappy people, and when they do, it tends to be less small talk and more substance.”
The moral of this study seems to be if you want to be happier, you need to talk more, and have that talk be more thoughtful. This study brings up many questions.
What do you think? Do you think happier people talk more, or when people are in a situation that allows them to discuss what’s important to them, they feel happier?
NEGATIVE TALKING feels like clutter. Not only do others hear negative speech, the person speaking hears it also and it reinforces the negative thoughts. If you take just one conversation a day and attempt to turn it in a positive direction, it will start a dialogue that can perhaps make a change for the good. Talk on Virginia!