Thursday, March 12, 2009

Surround Yourself With Happy People To Increase The Odds You'll Be Happy

Originally Published 2.11.09

The Framingham Heart Study keeps yielding good stuff. The latest checked to see how much people’s state of happiness is determined by those who surround them. The answer? A lot. If a happy friend lives within a mile an individual is 25% more like to be happy than otherwise.

The researchers concluded, “People’s happiness depends on the happiness of others with whom they are connected. This provides further justification for seeing happiness, like health, as a collective phenomenon.”

This is definitive proof that you’ll be happier if you avoid politicians and the news media.


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