How to Become and Feel Happy? – Part III – Happiness is Contagious


One fast way to become and feel happy is to infect yourself with a virus, that’s the happiness virus. Happiness is a virus but a good one which spreads readily with almost no efforts. This revolutionary idea is supported by a Harvard University research published in British Medial Journal (online). A study for over 20 years was conducted among 4,700 individuals which supports the following assertions;

1. Happiness transfers from one person to another person or group.

However, it lingers for about one year. It is rather a common observation supported by a wide array of research that people’s emotions influence each other. For instance, when someone smiles at you, you generally smile back or when you see your friends are laughing you tend to laugh as well, sometimes not knowing the reason behind their laughter. However, to learn that happiness lingers and continues for about one year, it’s an amazing research finding. Consider how happy your life can be if you associate yourself with all of your happy friends and people you know. Doing so on a routine basis should bring you a happy life!

2. Happiness has a ripple effect.

Good virus of happiness can travel from one person to others. In other words, when you are happy, your family and friends who are at immediate contact with you become happy too. Furthermore, people who are in contact with your family and their friends become happy as well. According to the research findings, the members of your immediate network could increase their happiness between 8 percent and 34 percent. This effect continues up to three levels, degree of separation of your friendship networks. However, it drops to 10 percent and 6 percent before it disappears. This ripple effect characteristic of happiness is known in economy as a multiplier.

The value of a happy time or event is much more than it could be observed since it influences many circles of people who are in contact with you. It’s interesting to know that the Harvard University research indicates unhappiness could be spread from one person to another as well. However, it has less ripple effect. Happiness is much powerful multiplier than sadness and unhappiness. In other words, contrary to the popular beliefs doom and gloom is less infectious than happiness. This should give you a great advantage and much easier path to become and stay happy. Furthermore, any effort you spend on being happy is much more valuable and effective than being sad.

3. Exogenous factors could be catalyst for your happiness.

As much as your personal feelings and emotions can be determined by your mere choices, external factors and environment can also influence your happiness. In other words, how you feel and react to your life issues could determine how happy you are. Conversely, the external factors like your friends and surrounding can effect your happiness as well. You should decide and think happy to become happy. However, by arranging your living environment and decorations, listening to happy songs, watching happy movies, and being around happy people help you become and stay happy too. Accordingly, by creating a habitual happy life style you could welcome happiness to your life forever.

4. If You don’t belong to a happy network, create one.

People prefer happiness over sadness. If you do not belong to a happy and upbeat network of friends, why not create your own. There are many support groups for different causes and issues, you could develop your own happiness support group. You’d be amazed to see how fast your group becomes popular and expands. Since happiness virus spreads faster and stays longer than unhappiness virus, your network could expand much faster than you think. Doing so not only brings you happiness, it also makes your friends and other people happy as well. Considering happy events have multiplier effect, this may be one of the noble contributions you can offer to your family, friends, and community.

Happiness is contagious and spreads like a virus. It has a ripple effect and multiplies its value through your immediate family and friends and continues beyond two more circles of your friends. As much as happiness is a choice that you make how to deal with your life issues, your surrounding and environment play an important role in keeping you happy as well. If you don’t belong to a happy network of friends, move away from them and create your own. By doing so, you make every one who gets in contact with you and your friends a happy person!

In future articles, I review further different aspects of happiness while proving you practical strategies to become and feel happy. Live happy!

Source by Dr Ned Gandevani

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