Ultimately, we are a social species. Passing time with each other makes us happier and builds a sense of well-being, trust, and camaraderie. You spend more time socializing with the people we work with than anyone but our closest friends and family members. To take full advantage of that socialization, you must master the art of small talk. Not only does it help you bond with your boss and colleagues, but it can also help you learn the things you need to be successful.