Happiness is contagious

Happiness is contagious

Sharon Begley


Advice for anyone who wants to be happier: pick the right friends.

For the increasing number of Americans who view happiness as a goal in and of itself rather than (sorry to be so old-fashioned) the result of, oh, leading a rewarding life or helping others or achieving something-a trend I bemoaned recently-the latest study provides a simple recipe. Happiness, conclude political scientist James Fowler of UC San Diego and sociologist Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School, spreads far and wide through social networks. Not only can one person’s happiness be infectious for those in her immediate circle, but happiness can spread to friends of friends of friends (that is, three degrees of separation). Therefore, pick happy people to be your friends.

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