Happiness is Contagious in Social Networks

Social Happines (From the NY Times)
Social Happiness (From the NY Times)

Knowing someone who is happy makes you 15.3% more likely to be happy yourself, the study found. A happy friend of a friend increases your odds of happiness by 9.8%, and even your neighbor’s sister’s friend can give you a 5.6% boost.

“Your emotional state depends not just on actions and choices that you make, but also on actions and choices of other people, many of which you don’t even know,” said Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis, a physician and medical sociologist at Harvard who co-wrote the study.

…quoth the LA Times; and there’s more coverage over at the NY Times (including a full size of that great image).

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