Power of conversations for your health.

Happier, healthier, wiser and more connected through conversations.

Power of conversations for your health. These are just a few peer-reviewed studies that show the positive health effects of conversations, not just engaging in a conversation but the positive effects of engaged listening.

A British study found that “conversations with strangers are a readily available source of happiness”.

Harvard neuroscientists have even said that talking with friends feels so rewarding, we can’t help but share our thoughts. This makes sense when you realize that talking about our own beliefs and opinions, rather than those of other people, stimulates the meso-limbic dopamine system, which is associated with the motivation and reward feelings we get from food, money and sex.

“People’s well-being is determined in large part by the quality of their social relationships, which rely heavily on conversations that they have with each other,” said Michael Kardas, PhD, an assistant professor of management at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business who has studied why people avoid deep conversations. “Going a little deeper in conversation, as well as learning to navigate disagreements, can create the kinds of connections that leave people feeling happier.”

Your ability to have good conversations with other human beings is essential to creating common understanding, goodwill, and agreements. Underpinning that is the ability to have an honest conversation with yourself about your motivations and drivers when conversing.

Power of conversations for your health.

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