Over and over, studies show that relationships with other people make us happy. The more friends we have, the more likely we are to be happy. Even short interactions with other people boost mood—and this is true, surprisingly, even for introverts. It’s really important to work on your connections with other people.
Now it turns out that talking to other people not only makes you happier, it improves your memory and intellectual performance, as shown by a recent study.
So if you ever feel guilty spending ten minutes in idle conversation with a colleague or for talking on the phone with a friend, now you can chalk it up to brain exercise. It will make you happier AND smarter.
I think I found this study through the great site Gimundo, but I’m not sure. I try to keep track of how I find different articles, so I can give credit when credit’s due, but this time I’m not sure I retraced my steps properly.
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