Roni Caryn Rabin of the New York Times reported that a small study from the University of Arizona discovered that substantive conversations about the meaning of life and the state of the world could make you happier.
Dr. Matthias Mehl: "By engaging in meaningful conversations, we manage to impose meaning on an otherwise pretty chaotic world," Dr. Mehl said. "And interpersonally, as you find this meaning, you bond with your interactive partner, and we know that interpersonal connection and integration is a core fundamental foundation of happiness ... Can we make people happier by asking them, for the next five days, to have one extra substantive conversation every day?"
Source: Roni Caryn Rabin. "Talk Deeply, Be Happy?" NYTimes.com. 3/17/2010.