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People Enjoy Deep Conversations With Strangers

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Here's today's feel-good story:

People benefit from conversations that are deep and meaningful which can help us to forge connections with one another. Oftentimes, we avoid deep conversations with strangers to avoid awkward and uncomfortable situations.

“Connecting with others in meaningful ways tends to make people happier, and yet people also seem reluctant to engage in deeper and more meaningful conversation,” said Nicholas Epley, PhD, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“This struck us as an interesting social paradox: If connecting with others in deep and meaningful ways increases well-being, then why aren’t people doing it more often in daily life?”

In the study conducted, participants who had discussed deep questions overestimated how uncomfortable the conversation would be.

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