Nat S Ford (natf) wrote,
Nat S Ford
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"Talk Deeply, Be Happy?"

From: Talk Deeply, Be Happy? - Well Blog - NYTimes.com

“It’s not that easy, like taking a pill once a day,” Dr. Mehl said. “But this has always intrigued me. Can we make people happier by asking them, for the next five days, to have one extra substantive conversation every day?”

I found this article very thought provoking. When I am at home I spend most of my time in front of the mac knitting and reading. I might talk at the cats and hubby and I may have a short conversation or two in the evening about what to have for dinner and how his day went. Not the diet of discussion and conversation that this writer suggests would be ideal.

I have noticed, however, that I do feel much more relaxed and content - happy? - when I stay at my brother's or aunt's, both of whom enjoy in depth discussions about everything and anything, as do I. I had thought that the relaxation and happiness was gained by a change of scene and air but I now wonder if it is also due to a change in conversation.

Food for thought - or for discussion!
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