Happiness: Are You a Carrier?

We have all experienced being in the presence of someone in a bad mood and felt how oppressive it is. Being around angry, anxious, unhappy people can really affect your happiness.

In 2008, after a 20-year study, researchers found just how contagious happiness is. I find these results absolutely fascinating and encouraging. Those living within a mile of a happy friend had a 25% greater chance of being happy over that 20 year period. If you are fortunate enough to have a happy neighbor, your likelihood of happiness increases by 34%! The spouse of a happy person is 8% more likely to be happy. That one surprised me. I would expect the effect on one who lives with you to be greater.

They also found that happiness spreads through social networks by up to 3 degrees. So friends of friends of friends can all benefit from one person’s happiness. Some people are just naturally more optimistic and “happier” than others but there are many proven ways to improve your mood. Most involve movement of some sort and especially when practiced out in nature. Practicing an attitude of gratitude is another powerful way as well as laughter and just getting some sunshine.

People who are surrounded by many happy people and those who are central in the network are more likely to become happy in the future. Longitudinal statistical models suggest that clusters of happiness result from the spread of happiness and not just a tendency for people to associate with similar individuals.

So that tells me that we can develop a happier attitude within ourselves and then be carriers to those around us and create happiness clusters. I think this is especially important during these times we are living in.

Are you a naturally happy, optimistic person? How do you feel about being a happiness carrier?

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9 Responses to Happiness: Are You a Carrier?

  1. friedmanrobin says:

    This is awesome, Ann!, thank you!

    I’m going to share on facebook. Also I may reference this study in my Blessings Course – this is great!

  2. JD Wininger says:

    While I never want to confuse my happiness with my joy, which comes from our Lord, I must admit that when I’m around happy people, my BP, HR, etc. is much better. I recognize also that happiness is fleeting, as I view it as an emotional response to some outward event or circumstance, Still, I’ll take being happier much more than being the surly old grouch I sometimes find myself being when I’ve spent more time than I should immersed in the world. I so glad to report that you add to my happiness sweet friend. God’s blessings.

    • amusico says:

      Your distinction between happiness and joy is an important one my friend. I agree we can always have the joy of the Lord even
      when happiness is fleeting. But having an optimistic, uplifting and happy countenance is definitely attractive and can draw some to
      want to know where it originates!! Thank you my friend – I’m grateful God put you in my life. Your comments and posts make me happy.

  3. Holly Scherer says:

    That explains why I prefer to be alone, lol!

    I don’t know that I’m naturally a happy and optimistic person. I was always a serious little adult. But I imagine we all much happier and more optimistic before life’s challenges and conditioning.

    I find that my life is better when I’m happy and optimistic, even if I have to fake it. And I naturally tend to retreat to solitude if I’m in a mood. There’s so much suffering and misery in this world that I try to project positivity. Although that might be a challenge voting this afternoon.

    How about you? Are you naturally happy and optimistic?

    • amusico says:

      I can totally understand that Holly. I actually am a pretty optimistic person most of the time. I have to say these last few years
      have been quite a test! I do find I can’t spend a lot of time around anyone who is really negative and pessimistic.

  4. Holly Scherer says:

    Same! It’s quite draining!

  5. Debbie Wilson says:

    Ann, like you, that finding surprises me. I’d think who you live with affected us more that who lives down the street! I want to carry happiness to others.

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