"It may sound counterintuitive, but people who spend more of their day having deep discussions and less time engaging in small talk seem to be happier, said Matthias Mehl, a psychologist at the University of Arizona who published a study on the subject."
Of course, being deep might also lead to disillusionment and dismay at the direction the world is heading in. But perhaps those two facets aren't necessarily mutually exclusive. Still, makes me wonder if the college students interviewed are rather solipsistic.
Nevertheless, this finding is very much in line with virtue ethics, since this activity is inherently self-realizing (self-actualizing) which is the very definition of Aristotelian happiness.
What's more, a new Cornell study finds that lust for material things fade but unique experiences remain with us for a long time.