A study to be released on Friday shows that there may be some truth in claims made that smiles are contagious.
Wired PR News.com According to an Associated Press (AP) news article, a British medical journal, BMJ, report proposes happiness can be passed on from person to person, and even be exchanged between people who are complete strangers.
The research discussed in Friday’s publication involved a 20 year heart study of over 4,700 individuals who were asked to rate their happiness for a questionnaire. The results suggested that people tend to mimic the emotions of others. Having happy friends, spouses, and positive social network involvement (even online) was shown to increase one’s chances of happiness as well as have positive effects on the immune system. The results also demonstrate that money has only a marginal increase on happiness; happiness within one social surroundings has more influence.
More research is said to be needed for confirmation of the findings, but the AP report notes the difficult economic times might prove it to be good news for those who may link happiness to money.
More details of the report can be found on the BMJ website at http://www.bmj.com.