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.