Friday Fix: This 8-Minute Phone Call Will Make You a Happier Person

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Every Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern.

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Friday Fix: Episode 237

How often do you talk on the phone these days? If you’re like most people, you might be more likely to send a text message than to call to chat. 

And while you might think those text conversations save you time or make you even happier than phone calls, texting isn’t a good substitute for an old-fashioned phone conversation. 

We often avoid calling our friends and relatives simply because we don’t have time. You might think your aunt is impossible to get off the phone with, or your friend can’t hang up until she’s given you every detail of her life over the past month.

But there’s evidence that a quick phone call is possible and might also be the key to happiness.

Rather than connect for an hour a couple of times per year, your psychological well-being might be better served by more frequent, shorter calls.

Eight minutes seems to be the sweet spot. It’s enough time to connect and boost your mood.

So in this episode of The Verywell Mind Podcast, I explain the research study that discovered the 8-minute phone call, how to get off the phone fast, and why it’s so good for you.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.