Human connection (i.e. talking to real people) can help you feel happier during the day.
As someone who “talks too much” I already know that – but there’s actual research and science to back that up. That same research shows a human connection can be created just by making eye contact and acknowledging the existence of someone.
That’s the real purpose of small talk.
It’s an acknowledgement. It’s being seen. It’s the opposite of being invisible or ignored.
It’s small validation that you are more than your job because there’s a conversation that doesn’t involve work. Those non-work, small talk conversations build relationships which pay off at work. And who wouldn’t be happier about getting more done at work alongside colleagues you like and who like you?
So start talking this week and use these sports conversation starters.