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There may be a literal truth underlying the common-sense intuition that happiness and sadness are contagious.
A new study on the spread of emotions through social networks shows that these feelings circulate in patterns analogous to what’s seen from epidemiological models of disease.
Earlier studies raised the possibility, but had not mapped social networks against actual disease models.
In the spread of happiness, the researchers found clusters of “infected” and “uninfected” people, a pattern considered a “hallmark of the infectious process,” said Hill. “For happiness, clustering is what you expect from contagion rates. Whereas for sadness, the clusters were much larger than we’d expect. Something else is going on.”
Happiness proved less social than sadness. Each happy friend increased an individual’s chances of personal happiness by 11 percent, while just one sad friend was needed to double an individual’s chance of becoming unhappy
Originally posted by chise61
So does this mean that we are predisposed to have a depressed state of mind as opposed to a happy one ? Maybe depression is simply a normal state of being for some people rather than the chemical imbalance that the medical profession classifies it as, maybe that's why anti depressents have a harmful effect on some.
I could sure use a cup of happiness in my life lately.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
reply to post by TheLaughingGod
The most powerful tips I can give you ( I suffered from depression in my youth ) are to take up meditation, get out into nature, and to be fully centered into each present moment ( as One Moment alluded to ). Another seemingly inane (on the surface) practice is to just SMILE. Even though you may not feel joy or any reason to, just pretend you have a reason to smile, and hold this for a while. It actually DOES work for many people, myself included.