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At a Loss for Words? 25 Ways to Master the Art of Small Talk

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I won’t know anyone there. I really should go—but I don’t want to. I hate small talk.Small talk , because to many people it represents meaningless and trivial conversation.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. published in Communication Research has found that those who engage in any of seven types of quality conversation experience increased well-being and happiness, alongside a reduction in their stress levels.

Small talk has its benefits as well; published in the Academy of Management journal found that, despite the distraction caused by engaging in small talk, “employees who engaged in more small talk during their workday reported increased positive social emotions, which translated into greater [organizational citizenship behaviors] and well-being at the end of the day.” But increased well-being and positivity aren’t the only benefits of small talk.

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