24 Feb Maintaining happiness despite an unhappy partner
Here’s a great article. I often get asked how to deal with an unhappy colleague or partner and this article nicely sums up an approach similar to that I would advocate.
We can really only ever be responsible for our own happiness. We can help others try to find happiness but at the end of the day, it’s up to them.
Recent research by Christakis and Fowler reported in the British Medical Journal found that levels of happiness were impacted by to one’s association with others. A co-resident spouse who is happy increased a mate’s happiness level by 8 percent, a happy next-door neighbor did even better by improving one’s mood by 34 percent, happy friends within a mile added 25 percent and even a happy friend of a friend is credited with 10 percent elevation in your happiness scale. Happy partners may be concerned when social contagiousness does not increase their mate’s happiness.
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