Navigation Links
Being Happy Affects Even Those You Don't Know
Date:12/4/2008

0 percent higher likelihood of being happy, and a friend of that friend has a 5.6 percent increased chance.

In the other words, one person's happiness can spread outward through three degrees of separation. Those at the center of such circles may be people that "you have never met. But their mood can have a profound effect on your own mood," Fowler said.

The researchers tried to adjust their statistics to account for factors that could possibly affect the trends, such as people being more likely to choose friends who are like them.

The findings were published online Dec. 5 in the British Medical Journal.

Fowler said the study has "totally changed the way I see the world."

"To think about the way we're connected to one another has caused me to take more responsibility for my own actions," he said. "If I head home in a happy mood, I'm not just making my son happy, I'm potentially making my son's friend happy. I'm not just making my wife happy, I'm making my wife's mother happy."

Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech, called the study findings impressive, because they relied on a large sample of participants who were followed for a long period of time.

Overall, the study reveals the importance of the company people keep, Blieszner said.

"People who are surrounded by many happy people are more likely to be happy in the future than those who are surrounded by unhappy people," she said.

More information

To learn more about happiness, check with the Pew Research Center.



SOURCES: James Fowler, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, University of California, San Diego; Rosemary Blieszner, Ph.D., professor of human development, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.; Dec. 5, 2
'/>"/>

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. As Consumers Put a Leash on Spending, Experts Caution Against Being Penny Wise and Pound Foolish with Their Pets
2. NCPA Statement on Tom Daschle Being Selected to Be Secretary of Health and Human Services Department
3. Former Smoker Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Being a Non-Smoker 60 Pounds Lighter
4. Eastern Wisconsin Residents Demonstrate Their Commitment to Being Good Neighbors
5. Experts at American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Satellite Symposium Reach Consensus: Better Intimacy = Better Overall Well-Being
6. Ill Be Home (Alone) for Christmas: How to Make the Best Out of Being Alone for the Holidays
7. Rittenhouse Womens Wellness Center: Internal Medicine plus Nutrition, Fitness, Emotional Well-Being and Skin Care
8. Study shows testosterone improves sexual well-being in post-menopausal women
9. New Jersey Author Uncovers the Secret to Well-Being Is the Connection Between Health and Emotions
10. BEING DAD DVD Offers a Sneak Peek at Pregnancy From a Guys Point of View
11. Enjoy Life Foods Teams with AllergyMoms.com to Ensure Halloween Isn't 'Tricky' for Food-Allergic Kids and Families : Provides tips for being allergy-aware this Halloween
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/23/2014)... 2014 Avid collector Andrew Hawley, from Vintage ... Eagle Auditorium Seattle concert posters. The Doors were a smash ... that year. The Seattle Eagles Auditorium concert was held on ... return to Eagles Auditorium in November the same year. The ... and comes in three colors. The poster is a split ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... 2014 What: Rutgers Presbyterian Church, ... Side that embodies the inclusion and diversity of ... and the Ecological Crisis, a public lecture led ... Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. ... that lends insight into current ecological problems, including ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... Oregon survey about an exercise DVD that adds short ... elementary school students found it had a high level ... clear advantages for overly sedentary educational programs. , Called ... the Healthy Youth Program of the Linus Pauling Institute ... Brain Breaks leads children in 5-7 minute segments of ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... (September 23, 2014) Both patients and healthcare ... computed tomography (CT) colonography greatly outweighs the potential ... precipitated by false-positive diagnoses, according to a new ... journal Radiology . , Diagnostic tests used ... organ. However, when screening for colorectal cancer with ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... September 23, 2014 The ... rhinitis (AR) is highly fragmented, with the ... formulations available, under different regulatory restrictions, with ... Europe has the most developed market, with ... allergen immunotherapy tablets (AITs) all being available. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Inhabiting Eden: Christians, Scripture, and the Ecological Crisis – Public Lecture to Discuss Faith-Based Environmentalism 2Health News:'Brain Breaks' increase activity, educational performance in elementary schools 2Health News:'Brain Breaks' increase activity, educational performance in elementary schools 3Health News:Patients accept false-positives to achieve diagnostic sensitivity 2Health News:Patients accept false-positives to achieve diagnostic sensitivity 3Health News:Allergen extract Allergic Rhinitis Specific Immunotherapy Market to Grow $688.3m by 2018 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 2Health News:Allergen extract Allergic Rhinitis Specific Immunotherapy Market to Grow $688.3m by 2018 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 3Health News:Allergen extract Allergic Rhinitis Specific Immunotherapy Market to Grow $688.3m by 2018 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 4
... Increase for Small Business Owners at ... http://www.bluecrossca.com/click4biz , THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., ... fastest growing segments of California,s economy, however,many small business owners ... Blue Cross of California has just made it,easier for small ...
... vitamins and minerals does not seem to prevent the degenerative ... study published on bmj.com today. , Age related ... older people. It is caused by the progressive break down ... centre of the retina at the back of the eye. ...
... 8 Proposed,regulations that would govern who owns ... grants to for-profit organizations fail,to ensure affordable access ... for the research, the Foundation for Taxpayer and ... the people who have paid for the research ...
... Saturn, committed to health, fitness,and healthy living in communities ... health and fitness expo, held in conjunction with the ... Saturn Health and Fitness Expo, which runs Oct. 19-20 ... vendors,informational booths and groups that provide services to runners. ...
... 8 - The Washington,State Veterinary Medical Association awarded ... veterinarian with Olympia Pet,Emergency in Lacey. (Logo: ... his award in recognition of his dedication to,organized ... Washington,State University,s College of Veterinary Medicine, he has ...
... Help ... Owners Cope, SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. ... and language skills died last,month, his owner, scientist Irene Pepperberg, needed time ... it. Newspapers and web,sites printed his obituary and many people sent condolences. ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:New Online Tool Makes Enrollment in Blue Cross of California Easier 2Health News:Antioxidants do not prevent degenerative eye disease 2Health News:Revised California Stem Cell Research Rules Fail to Ensure Affordable Access to Cures, Consumers Warn 2Health News:Saturn Shows Its Commitment to Health and Fitness by Becoming Expo Title Sponsor for The Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Marathon 2Health News:Lacey Veterinarian Awarded 2007 WSVMA Recent Graduate Award 2Health News:We Love Our Pets and Grieve When They Die 2Health News:We Love Our Pets and Grieve When They Die 3
(Date:9/23/2014)... -- Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC ) today announced a ... WA ), the nation,s third largest not-for-profit health ... as Hill-Rom now becomes Providence Health,s sole-source provider of ... surface products. Providence Health is one ... operates 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, 22 long-term care ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... 2014  MEDIMETRIKS PHARMACEUTICALS today announced that ... have been elected to Medimetriks, Board of Directors ... who will serve on Medimetriks, Audit Committee, brings ... the Company.  Mr. Lary is currently Managing Director, ... institutional investment firm.  Mr. Lary is responsible for ...
(Date:9/23/2014)... , Sept. 23, 2014   COTA, Inc. ... planned $7 million Series A funding round led by ... COTA is the first big data platform designed by ... cost analysis for cancer care in support of healthcare,s ... used to expand development of the COTA platform, hire ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Hill-Rom Announces Seven-Year, Sole-Source Contract with Providence Health 2Medimetriks Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Welcomes Independent Directors Andrew Lary and William Resnick to its Board of Directors 2COTA Closes $3.7M of Planned $7M Series A Funding Round to Transform Cancer Outcomes and Reimbursement 2COTA Closes $3.7M of Planned $7M Series A Funding Round to Transform Cancer Outcomes and Reimbursement 3COTA Closes $3.7M of Planned $7M Series A Funding Round to Transform Cancer Outcomes and Reimbursement 4
... March, 9, 2007-Active Biotech (ACTI.ST), today,announced new positive clinical ... treatment of prostate cancer. , By step-wise dose escalation, ... which corresponds to a doubling of the previously,reported maximum ... a step-wise intra-patient dose-escalation enables a dose,of 1 mg/day ...
... DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 12, 2007 - Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals,Inc. ... and dermatology, today announced that a catheter,treated ... biofilm,formation in a 21 day study., In ... soaked daily in a phosphate-suffered solution along ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Positive Clinical Data for TASQ - Active Biotech's Novel Treatment,of Prostate Cancer 2Ceragenix Announces Ceragenins Virtually Prevent Catheter Biofilm,Formation in 21 Day Study 2Ceragenix Announces Ceragenins Virtually Prevent Catheter Biofilm,Formation in 21 Day Study 3
... Retinol binding Proetin (RBP) is small ... a complex with pre-albumin in blood but ... has been deliverd to the target cells. ... at the glomerulus and catabolized in the,renal ...
... is an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) kit for ... of the subclass of Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies ... as an aid in the diagnosis of ... associated with vasculitic disorders and glomerulonephritis (GN). ...
Anti-MPO ANCA EIA Auto-Immune Markers 013-MPO-96 Myeloperoxidase...
GBM -Ab EIA Auto-Immune Markers 013-GBM-96 Glomerular Basement Membrane...
Medicine Products: