Friday, December 5, 2008

Keep your Happy Friends Close By !

I like to listen to the Today Show and catch snippets of information. Today's Today snippet was on whether happiness is contagious. Turns out it is! And people's proximity matters as well!

* A happy friend that lives within 1/2 mile of you - you will be 42% happier

* A happy friend that lives within 1 mile of you - 25% happier

* Happy next door neighbors - 34% happier

* Happy sibling - 12% happier

* Happy co-workers - no bump in your happiness

We are herd animals. We need each other. We derive energy from each other. And we need this source of energy close by us to really impact our sense of well-being.

Of course, we are sympathetic and helpful when a friend is in a rough place. It feels important and good to be of service to others in need. But for the sake of this study, they're just talking about the contagion factor of "happiness."

We need to be around happy people. It is no small matter! The energy we emit affects those around us. It's all about energy. If you want some scientific data on the phenomenon of this energy transfer, I recommend Masaru Emoto's book, The Hidden Messages in Water and other fascinating research in my summary report. You can find this summary of the latest leading edge researchers in Energy Psychology and EFT under "scientific research" on my website.

It's worth considering how you can optimize your life by developing proximity to the people who make you laugh and feel light-hearted. It's easy to get too busy and forget about the need to be with these people. Gather your happy friends around you! Develop and nurture your relationships with your neighbors. You'll feel better - and so will they! This is a contagion to definitely catch!!

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