Happiness is viral

December 18, 2008 | By | Reply More

Happiness is contagious, according to a new study:

New research shows that in a social network, happiness spreads among people up to three degrees removed from one another. That means when you feel happy, a friend of a friend of a friend has a slightly higher likelihood of feeling happy too.

The lesson is that taking control of your own happiness can positively affect others, says James Fowler, co-author of the study and professor of political science at the University of California in San Diego . . .

If you are the hub of a large network of people — that is, if you have a lot of connected friends or a wide social circle — you are more likely to become happy, the study found.

The bad news is that obsesity and smoking are also contagious.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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