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Is Happiness Contagious?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

So since becoming Paleo, I have become much happier, as I assume many of you have as well. And I found that I have been having this overwhelming urge to spread happiness. I am definetly not trying to push a paleo lifestyle on people. But trying to get people outside, and to do fun things.

I think it is safe to say that doing fun activities, pretty much makes everyone happy. Which I guess in turn makes me happy. Hmmm, Making people happy, makes you happy.

Maybe this is why there is such an overwhelming depth of free knowledge, and assitance on the internet from PaleoPeople.

Does anyone else have this overwhelming urge to spread their happiness?

And what do you do to share it with others?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 16, 2011
at 07:43 AM

@Korion - I know, I was just joking. WOrrying and thinking a lot about amassing money is a real downer and I try to avoid it too.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 16, 2011
at 07:41 AM

oh, poo. Now I'm unhappy. :(

7dfc78c972bcac7ddcbcbbaffa87d342

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on December 15, 2011
at 11:22 PM

That happiness contagion study uses poor statistical methodology and has been roundly refuted... http://andrewgelman.com/2011/06/christakis-fowl/ For more Paleo hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/83702/is-happiness-contagious#ixzz1geH3zSD5

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on December 15, 2011
at 09:45 PM

free online where? link? I did try to google..but only found it for sale.

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on December 15, 2011
at 08:45 PM

@Korian: great point re money. Book i just read (for free on line if you want) Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein. He has some terrific insights into money, I think.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Sorry, I couldn't find a better way to express myself : when I say "separate myself from financial stuff", I mean not thinking about money in a greedy way. I now just earn the money I need, nothing more. I've noticed money just makes me worry anyways. The more I earn, the more I yearn.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on December 15, 2011
at 04:55 PM

I think it is contagious. When I'm around happy people, I get happier. 8)

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 15, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I would be happy to contribute to helping separate you from your "financial stuff". You can do either direct deposit or check...

7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on December 15, 2011
at 03:15 PM

There should be a badge for that.

Dc5144de5078c44a2b106ff25778fd3d

(308)

on December 15, 2011
at 02:30 PM

It makes me unhappy that I'm not the first one to use the "happy-happy-joy-joy" tag.

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Dfada6fe4982ab3b7557172f20632da8

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on December 15, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Natural brain chemistry. The inhibitors that keep us anti-social and locked in our houses or offices or thudding along a treadmill plugged into our iPods are all part of a chronic malfunction that we have been immersed in so long we consider it the norm. I think the internet chat is probably more about finding people to relate to and happens on all manner of disfunctional subjects. It's not really classic play in the great outdoors after all.

But yes, I've always enjoyed trying to spread the joy of play. At present I'm mostly engaged in demonstrating how nice it is to be outdoors in a bright sunny 20F day. I really should get a new job.

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on December 15, 2011
at 07:21 PM

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Now, how do you feel?

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on December 16, 2011
at 03:27 AM

This morning I smiled in the direction of a complete stranger. I did so because I felt happy at the moment. I got a smile back, which delighted me. I went about my morning infused with some special "extra" quality. This had nothing to do with protein, fat, carbs, Omega 3, sleep, cortisol, or all the other usual suspects.

"Is happiness contagious?" If you would answer this question by asking for a review of scientific studies, I wish you well on your return trip to your home planet. Which is different from the one I inhabit.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on December 15, 2011
at 04:29 PM

Indeed it is contagious. It's been shown scientifically, even.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20081204/happiness-is-contagious

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/predictably-irrational/200906/beware-happiness-is-contagious

The study showed that the happier your social network, the happier you'll be. I find this site, in particular, quite upbeat, cheerful and helpful compared to other forums I've lurked on. Paleohackers are a happy tribe!

7dfc78c972bcac7ddcbcbbaffa87d342

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on December 15, 2011
at 11:22 PM

That happiness contagion study uses poor statistical methodology and has been roundly refuted... http://andrewgelman.com/2011/06/christakis-fowl/ For more Paleo hacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/83702/is-happiness-contagious#ixzz1geH3zSD5

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 16, 2011
at 07:41 AM

oh, poo. Now I'm unhappy. :(

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B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

(3217)

on December 15, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I looked around the tables

And someone saw me grin,

And when he smiled, I realised

I???d passed it on to him!

I thought about my smile a lot

And realised all it???s worth.

A single smile like mine or yours

Can travel around the earth

So if you feel a smile begin,

Don???t leave it undetected.

Let???s start an epidemic, quick,

Let???s get the world infected!

(read this in some cafe at the airport!)

We generally tend to emulate facial expressions and body language; smiling/laughing releases hormones such as endorphins which give you the 'happy' feeling; it seems that seeing someone else smile/laugh has the same effect. I constantly drag my friends out to do outdoorsy activities, and most of them say that they didn't even think they were missing so much by just living indoors all the time.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on December 15, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I had the same experience, especially when eating more grass-fed beef.

To share it, I try to help people behind their back. In other words, I try to make others happy without getting credit for it. Lately I've also tried to separate myself from financial stuff.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 15, 2011
at 04:25 PM

I would be happy to contribute to helping separate you from your "financial stuff". You can do either direct deposit or check...

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 16, 2011
at 07:43 AM

@Korion - I know, I was just joking. WOrrying and thinking a lot about amassing money is a real downer and I try to avoid it too.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:58 PM

Sorry, I couldn't find a better way to express myself : when I say "separate myself from financial stuff", I mean not thinking about money in a greedy way. I now just earn the money I need, nothing more. I've noticed money just makes me worry anyways. The more I earn, the more I yearn.

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(2301)

on December 15, 2011
at 09:45 PM

free online where? link? I did try to google..but only found it for sale.

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

(4069)

on December 15, 2011
at 08:45 PM

@Korian: great point re money. Book i just read (for free on line if you want) Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein. He has some terrific insights into money, I think.

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7dfc78c972bcac7ddcbcbbaffa87d342

(10)

on December 15, 2011
at 11:21 PM

Hard to prove any causal effect.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 16, 2011
at 02:53 AM

I suspect humans are pattern recognition engines, we see patterns everywhere - even where they aren't. Whether we interpret those as happy or sad is the key. There's obvious advantages to happiness as can be expressed through lack of cortisol, and rewards/pleasure.

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