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At different times—while growing up, maybe, or after moving to a new city—you might have felt envious of the person who could strike up a conversation with anyone, drawing endless observations about the weather or a ball game from thin air.
Maybe you wish you had the confidence to chat with the person sitting beside you on the plane. Recent research conducted at the University of Arizona suggests that while the chatty person you know might be perfectly happy, your shot at feeling satisfied and rewarded is just as good. When it comes to conversation and your happiness, quality matters much more than quantity.
Talking with someone else about things that matter could be a crucial component of feeling truly at peace. The meaningful life —Researcher and thinker, Martin Seligman, talks about three different ways of pursuing happiness: through pleasure, through engagement, and, finally, through meaning.
You can also think about conversations—and the relationships behind them—in the same terms. The conversations you have can profoundly alter how you see things, not just from what you talk about, but as a result of how a meaningful conversation can make you feel: seen, heard, and deeply rooted within your own life.
You can probably think of more than a few situations in which you had something you wanted to say, but you bit your tongue.
Maybe you were worried about offending someone, overstepping a boundary, or opening yourself up to hurt. Meaningful conversations take courage; they often involve sharing sacred or uncomfortable feelings. Yet the reward of feeling deeply connected to yourself and to another outweighs the risk. Listening draws you out of yourself. What is he afraid of? What does she feel like her life is missing?
The necessary chit-chat of life can insulate you from having to let your authentic self out. Meaningful conversations are a part of real happiness because they require emotional vulnerability. You stop needing to become the perfect, held-together, imaginary you. Time to reflect — Meaningful conversations are a great way to process your shared and private experiences. Why Meaningful Conversations Do. Why Meaningful Conversations Do At different times—while growing up, maybe, or after moving to a new city—you might have felt envious of the person who could strike up a conversation with anyone, drawing endless observations about the weather or a ball game from thin air.
Why are meaningful conversations so important? About the Author: Jean Huber.
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