Can you catch happiness?
What about divorce?
What kind of couples do you surround yourself with? Do they bicker, make snide remarks about each other? Are they indifferent, uncaring, unloving? Would you still spend time with them if you knew their relationship happiness or unhappiness has a direct influence on your own?
I’ve been following the work of a couple of researchers who study social groups for nearly five years now but it’s taken some time for me to mentally connect the dots between what they are doing and what I do.
Speaking of dots, you can watch this Ted Talk on how we influence each other and are influenced by each other. The study of more than 4,700 people who were followed over 20 years found that people who are happy or become happy boost the chances that someone they know will be happy. Read the whole article here.
The research showed that happiness had a greater reach — a profoundly larger ripple effect. Happiness is POWERFUL – so why not make sure you are surrounded by it? The more toxic relationships you have – the less room there is in your world for happy ones. As I tell my clients, it takes serious effort to keep happiness alive in a long term relationship – so why make it any harder? Why not make sure your network of friends and family are supporting you and your partner in your quest for joy.