Chatting – small talk – chitchat – all have their place as social lubricants.
But we need meaningful conversations to make us really happy, according to research (No brainer, eh?)
We are social animals, after all. That conversation at the coffee machine is all very well, but the real difference is made when we have a chat that goes beyond the surface.
It is important, though, to choose our topics carefully – particularly if we don’t know someone that well – or in a professional situation. Happily – with friends, we don’t have to be that careful – we can bare our souls (and whattelse!) We need this real bad – especially in these days of e-communication!
Whatever the situation – remember to be a good listener and non-judgmental – because this is a vital part of the process.
So – think about this – when did you last just listen without feeling the need to suggest a solution? 😀