If happiness is contagious…

It turns out that like the common cold, happiness is contagious!

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The research points to several factors: being around happy people, and watching happy people interact with each-other has a positive impact on one’s sense of well-being. Achoo.

While this viral effect has been identified in things like clothes, fads, internet videos, and tendencies to smoke or over-eat, it is refreshing to learn that something as positive as happiness can also be catchy.

Could this phenomenon apply to other fields? Could being around exemplary people help spread a culture of safety? An outbreak of innovation? An epidemic of customer service?

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