Happiness Is Contagious


Can you really “catch” happiness from another person? Absolutely! A study reported in the British Medical Journal showed that happiness is contagious — more contagious than sadness — and the more happy people you are acquainted with, the happier you will be.

University of California, San Diego political scientist and study co-author James H. Fowler concluded the following from the study:

  • Happiness from a direct social contact increases your chance of being happy by 15 percent.
  • Happiness from a second-degree social contact (friend of a friend or friend of a sibling) increases your chance of being happy by 10 percent.
  • Happiness from a third-degree social contact (friend of a friend of a friend) increases your chance of being happy by 6 percent.

Since happiness has been shown to improve heart health, reduce pain and lessen your chances of a fatal health disaster, smile and infect others with good cheer.

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.