There was a study earlier this year that said people who have deep and meaningful conversations are happier. I believe this 100 percent because I have fabulous, interesting girlfriends who like to talk. They can pick me up out of any funk I find myself wallowing in and they make me laugh.
I was thinking about the power of conversation last Tuesday when I had the pleasure of being a guest for a taping of The Talk and then a private lunch with some amazing bloggers and the cast of the show.
It’s always a treat to get together with the mom bloggers. They’re smart and talented and all so different. And the conversation is always meaningful. Tuesday we talked about The Talk.
Hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, and Marissa Jaret Winokur are hosts of the panel talk show. They asked us what we want to talk about and what we want to hear. There is nothing better in the world than someone asking for your opinion and actually listening. That’s why I think the show is going to do well. They want to know what interests people and how to be better.
For me, it would be to hear more from the show’s creator, Sara Gilbert. You remember her as the sassy back-talking daughter on Rosanne. Well, there’s a hint of that here, but she’s mostly quiet. The show is called The Talk and I hope that she starts doing more of it. I relate to her the most – she’s thoughtful, funny, sarcastic — and I want to hear what she has to say.
For instance, on the show we watched, one of the conversations was about Prince William’s impending wedding. Julie Chen said she couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have a wedding without her mother there. Sara Gilbert said she didn’t have a wedding and then went on to talk about her graduation.
Wait a minute. Did she not have a wedding because she couldn’t legally get married in the state of California? Or was it because weddings are so commercial and public? We’ll never know. I realize the show theme that day was mothers, but Gilbert is a mother and so is her partner.
I also think a conversation about same-sex marriage law is far more interesting than Prince William’s wedding. (But I may be alone on this. I got together with friends Friday and they talked at length about the impending royal wedding.) And that was something I mentioned after the luncheon talk with Julie Chen. I’d like to see more news, more world topics.
And I’d like to see more of The Talk. The episode we watched being taped made me laugh and cry. Sharon Osbourne and Leah Remini were funny and Holly Robinson Peete had a lovely segment with a mother and her young daughter who is suffering from cancer. When the mom said she cut off her hair to support her daughter going through chemo, I came close to losing it. And I almost did again during a segment with Sharon Osbourne and her daughter, Kelly. Kelly talked about when she found out her mother had cancer. It was touching and real.