Benefits of Active Listening
September 5, 2018
When people truly listen to one another and feel heard, the experience can be transformative. Sharing one’s perspective is empowering, according to a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There is a wealth of research that shows people can improve their lives and be at peace when someone actively listens to them. Here are some specific mental health benefits of being heard:
Getting Unstuck and Being More Productive
Sometimes people need conversation to flesh out an idea, make an important decision or expel the storm of thoughts that has been rattling their minds. Being listened to can lead to an increase in productivity. This benefit is especially valuable for people who want to become better versions of themselves.
The clinically-proven field of psychotherapy relies on the simple fact that people usually feel better when they talk about something and express their emotions. Airing grievances and sharing thoughts can be cathartic, regardless of whether the listener is a therapist.
Feeling More Connected and Less Lonely
Technology has allowed people to be more connected than ever, yet there has been a loneliness epidemic in recent years. People don’t talk as much as they used to, and this societal shift has had a negative impact on mental health. Fortunately, chatting with people who have similar stories can alleviate feelings of isolation and alienation.
HearMe: A Way to Always Be Heard
There is a difference between talking to someone and being heard. Most of us have people in our lives who are willing to listen for a bit. Nonetheless, they might not be engaged in active listening, the process of making a conscious effort to understand the overall message a person is communicating, not only the words they are using.
If your friends and family members are busy, they only have so much time to listen. They most likely have their own problems that make them at least a little preoccupied during every conversation.
The people in your immediate social circle might not have the lived experiences necessary to relate to what you are saying. To receive a deeper level of empathy, you need to interact with someone who has had the same struggles and challenges.
Active listening is actually a skill that requires training and more than a casual effort. Our app, HearMe is designed to connect you with people who want to listen to you, whenever you need to chat. You can request listeners who have similar backgrounds, experiences or beliefs, people who can fully understand what you are going through.
These days there are dozens of apps and sites that allow you to talk to people online. The problem is most of them are either expensive or unreliable. Some charge subscribers more than $100 a month only to receive infrequent and inconsistent responses. Others are unsafe or do not offer privacy.
HearMe only costs $4.99 a week (introductory offer) and our service guarantees quick connections and responses via text, voice and video. Our users can chat as much as they want and cancel anytime.
You deserve to be heard and validated — not only sometimes, but every time. If you are ready to enjoy the benefits of being listened to, try HearMe today!