In a world dominated by tweets and instant messages, meaningful conversation seems to be dwindling—and, as studies suggest, our happiness with it. But we’re suffering unnecessarily. Psychologists have found that happiness is positively linked to social connections that are substantial, not superficial. At a time when resources are scarce, we need to tap into a resource we already have in abundance: ourselves. In these challenging times, there is much to worry about. ... People feel confused, angry, and scared. But many are forced to bear these burdens on their own because they lack the outlets that would allow them to engage in meaningful discussion about them.