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Beyonce and Jay-Z at the 2011 Costume Institute Gala
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Jay Z and Beyonce attend the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Why It's Good to Talk to Strangers
The next time you buy groceries, talk to the cashier. Talking with a stranger--and in so doing socially connecting with that person--can improve your own sense of well-being, according to researchers from the University of Chicago. It's long been conventional wisdom that we avoid talking to strangers because we think it will be a negative experience. Instead, the opposite appears to be true. Small talk with a stranger can spark happiness and make you feel more positive about your own life.
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