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Meaningful Speech

Post by Nibbida » Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:12 am

Intreresting study just published on meaningful speech & well-being, particularly in light of right speech:

"As reported in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, analysis of the recordings revealed some very interesting findings. Greater well-being was related to spending less time alone and more time talking to others: The happiest participants spent 25% less time alone and 70% more time talking than the unhappiest participants. In addition to the difference in the amount of social interactions happy and unhappy people had, there was also a difference in the types of conversations they took part in: The happiest participants had twice as many substantive conversations and one third as much small talk as the unhappiest participants. These findings suggest that the happy life is social and conversationally deep rather than solitary* and superficial." ... 165902.htm" onclick=";return false;

*Meditation retreats notwithstanding, I suppose.

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Re: Meaningful Speech

Post by Ben » Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:22 am

Hi Nibbida
Nibbida wrote:*Meditation retreats notwithstanding, I suppose.
Precisely. It was the one thought that came to mind as I began reading your introductory post. It would be interesting to do a comparative study against individuals who were either engaged in a silent retreat or those who were long-time practitioners who were engaging in right speech and avoided all forms of idle chatter.
Thanks very much for the link. I look forward to reading it at a later time.

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