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Top Traits Happy People Have in Common

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A 2010 study found a strong link between less small talk and more substantive conversations and increased happiness
  • A follow-up study revealed moderate associations between life satisfaction and the amount of alone time, conversation time and substantive conversations among the subjects
  • Meaningful conversation increased life satisfaction in virtually every group they studied, but small talk was less impactful, showing little effect one way or the other
  • Personality type didn’t dictate the results, either, such that both introverts and extroverts stand to benefit from meaningful talks

The pursuit of happiness is more a choice than something that occurs by happenstance, but there are verifiable traits that those who achieve happiness tend to share.

In 2010, in a study titled "Eavesdropping on Happiness," researchers equipped nearly 80 college students with an Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR), which randomly recorded snippets of ambient sounds taken while the participants went about their daily lives.


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