Happiness Is Contagious

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In Happiness Studies, Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar tells us:

“Fowler and Christakis discuss the impact of social networks and show that when people socialize together, they influence one another’s mental and physical health. Particularly relevant to this discussion is their research on happiness clusters where they illustrate that we’re more likely to be happy if we’re surrounded by happy friends, and are more likely to be unhappy if those around us are unhappy. Interestingly, happiness is more infectious than unhappiness, so surrounding yourself with happy friends is more important than distancing yourself from unhappy ones. A happy person is capable of infecting those around him or her with happiness and even singlehandedly create a happy cluster. A single candle can light up an entire dark room.”

Wow! Happiness is more contagious than unhappiness and a happy person can single-handedly create a happy cluster.

Let’s be radiant happiness exemplars as we move from theory to practice to mastery using whatever well-being model you find most helpful so we can create happy clusters.

This is why Mahatma Gandhi was truly onto something when he said “you need to be the change you want to see in the world”.

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