Navigating Healthcare – Patient Safety and Personal Healthcare Management

Happiness is Contagious

Posted in Healthcare Information by drnic on December 5, 2008

Latest research published in the BMJ yesterday (Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study) proves that happiness is contagious and spreads from people to others around them

relationship between people’s happiness extends up to three degrees of separation (for example, to the friends of one’s friends’ friends)

So surround yourself by happy people and be a happy person – this is in social networks and not seen with coworkers. The “silver lining” is that unhappiness is not as contagious and has a weaker effect….

Happiness clustering and linkages represented graphically (or download as a ppt):

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