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Small Talk May Make Us Happier

Small talk. Chitchat. These are the short conversations we have at parties, while we wait in line at the store, at family events or work.

Sometimes we make small talk with people we already know but not well. Often we have to make small talk with complete strangers.

Many people find these small conversations about random topics difficult. Some people say they hate it. Others say small talk is a waste of time. They may even call it idle chitchat or idle chatter, meaning it doesn’t do anything. They consider small talk not important.

However, small talk is important.

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In New York, Food Halls Are Becoming Popular

 


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Are Friends Better Than Family for Your Health?

“You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.” That line comes from American writer Harper Lee’s book “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Now compare her words to another famous expression: „Blood is thicker than water.“ This means that family will always be with you while other people — with no blood connection — may come and go.

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Why do they call it G20?