Silence might be golden. But chatting it up with strangers can stop you from being blue.
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.
Those who chatted with strangers reported a far more happy train ride experience than those who stayed quiet.
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 or baristas serving them.
Those customers who said they chatted with their server, and connected in a meaningful way, wound up feeling far happier and cheerier than non-chatty customers.
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, make it a daily habit to start up a conversation with your server – or someone you are waiting in line with.
Idea: Tell them about these 2 studies.
You’ll literally feel happy you did.
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