Posted August 13, 2017 in Debra’s Wellness Tips

Chit Chat

Debra’s Wellness Tips

Researchers have found that people who engage in small talk with strangers are happier than those who don’t. Chit chat can even give you a cognitive boost.

A Five Part Plan for Mastering the Art of Small Talk might be just what the doctor ordered. Some clever tips, for the most skillful to the downright resistant. I loved these comments:

“What I’m finding over and over is that talking to people makes us feel connected to others. This matters, because we are social creatures — psychologists think we have a need to belong, and suffer physically and mentally when we don’t feel as connected as we want,” Sandstrom says.

The true secret to small talk, Fleming says, is empathy: Just be more interested in the other person than you are in yourself. Fleming is working on a book on the subject, “The Curious Business of Small Talk.”

Perhaps these are not just tips about small talk. Maybe we really do feel better ourselves when we have more empathy toward others.

This week, share something important to you with another. It might just be important for you, too. Do you agree? Let me know!

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“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” 
~ Mother Teresa

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