Want to Change the World? Be Happy It’s Contagious

Posted on December 9, 2008. Filed under: funny, generous, happiness, Happy, iphone, Joy, love, mental health, politics, relationships, self improvement, self-awareness | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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There was a recent study published that said among other things that happiness is contagious in social groups.

Iron sharpens iron, right?  The study points out that sadness also spread but at a slightly lower rate.

According to a cnn report

“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.”


Wow that has powerful implications! If you are a good friend and you want to help them. it’s simple be happy.

According to James Fowler, co-author of the study and professor of political science at the University of California in San Diego, “We get this chain reaction in happiness that I think increases the stakes in terms of us trying to shape our own moods to make sure we have a positive impact on people we know and love,” he said. Video Watch more on how happiness spreads »

How perfect of an example,”You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

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How can anybody be ‘happy’ when there is endless suffering in the world? I’m grateful for what I’ve got, and I want to have peace of mind, but ‘be happy’? I don’t think that I can ever be that frivolous.

Notice if you are happy that others around do become happy and take on your energy.


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