Journal article

"Eavesdropping on Happiness" Revisited: A Pooled, Multisample Replication of the Association Between Life Satisfaction and Observed Daily Conversation Quantity and Quality

Anne Milek, Emily A Butler, Allison M Tackman, Deanna M Kaplan, Charles L Raison, David A Sbarra, Simine Vazire, Matthias R Mehl

Psychological Science | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

In the present study, we aimed to replicate and extend findings by Mehl, Vazire, Holleran, and Clark (2010) that individuals with higher well-being tend to spend less time alone and more time interacting with others (e.g., greater conversation quantity) and engage in less small talk and more substantive conversations (e.g., greater conversation quality). To test the robustness of these effects in a larger and more diverse sample, we used Bayesian integrative data analysis to pool data on subjective life satisfaction and observed daily conversations from three heterogeneous adult samples, in addition to the original sample ( N = 486). We found moderate associations between life satisfaction a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

A. Milek's work on this article was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (P2ZHP1_164959). The research was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants 3R01AT004698, 5R01AT004698, R01HD069498, and R03CA137975.