According to 2 recent research studies, when you take time to strike up conversations with people, you wind up increasing your happiness.
The first study focused on two groups of Chicago train commuters. The first group spent their commute not interacting with anyone. The second group was instructed to start a conversation with a stranger.
Those who had conversations with strangers reported a far more happy train ride experience than those who stayed quiet. On a side note, these results happened despite the fact that the “quiet commuters” wrongly predicted they’d feel happier if they did not talk to anybody on the train.
Another interesting study examined how customers felt after they’d sparked up a genuine interaction with the cashiers/baristas serving them. Those customers who said they’d connected meaningfully with their server, expressed they felt far happier than non-chatty customers. Plus, it seems the simple act of asking someone how they are (and showing interest in the answer) successfully increased joy for both people in the conversation. It’s a two-way win.
Connectivity increases positivity. With this in mind, feel free to start up a conversation with someone telling them about these 2 studies. You’ll literally feel happy you did.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.