March 18, 2010

Deep Beats Idle Conversation in Reaching Happiness

This just in from the University of Arizona!
"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.

1 comment:

  1. I find this particular article interesting, so interesting in fact that it's discovery is uncanny. You see, I had a conversation with a friend that lasted for nearly 2.75 hours (totally unlike me), before a huge day of assignments. Somehow my mood is far better, making my ability to think clearly easier.

    In searching for a photo to place with my FB post announcing how much I appreciated his input, I found this photo and decided it was the most fitting. From there, I stumbled upon this article that perfectly describes it. I posted the entire article with my Facebook addition. :) Thank you.