December 5th, 2008
|04:27 pm - For whom the bell tolls|
Have you seen the research that happiness or sadness is spread through a social network of friends?
Are your friends happy? What about their friends? These people, new research suggests, will have a profound impact on your own personal satisfaction... happiness - and misery too - spread through social networks, affecting people through three degrees of separation. For instance, a happy 'friend of a friend of a friend' increases the chances of personal happiness by about 6% (Compare that to research showing that a $5000 income bump ups the odds by just 2%.... that each happy contact increases a person's odds of happiness by an average of 9%, while an unhappy contact decreases those odds by 7%.
IOW 'No man is an island.. but part of a vast continent of being'.
Anyway, I think whinging and complaining are good social bonding activities, but perhaps we need to make it clear we aren't really desperately sad, just enjoyably aggrieved.
|Date:||December 5th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)|| |
This also strikes me as a really good argument against Schadenfreude.
yes, and that business about 'expect the worst and you can only be pleasantly surprised'
I have noticed that happiness and sadness and even mishaps seem to move through my flist like waves; it's very odd.
Yes, I've noticed that too.
Oooh, you are using the Eor already! (is happy)
I wouldn't have taken it if I didn't want to use it. :D
|Date:||December 6th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)|| |
So being happy is actually a good and virtuous and kind thing to do...
I like it :)
I'm having a subdued bounce because the weekend has been far too much fun, and I should really calm down in order to get ironing and card-wriing and box-packing accomplished this evening.
Plus the one thing that could hamper my latest plan for
World Domination advancement of the pretend family, would be bouncing about it too obviously at work and confusing/pissing off the wrong people.