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December 5th, 2008


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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.

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From:liliha
Date:December 5th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
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This also strikes me as a really good argument against Schadenfreude.
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From:communicator
Date:December 5th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
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yes, and that business about 'expect the worst and you can only be pleasantly surprised'
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From:mistraltoes
Date:December 5th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I have noticed that happiness and sadness and even mishaps seem to move through my flist like waves; it's very odd.
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From:communicator
Date:December 5th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I've noticed that too.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 5th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, you are using the Eor already! (is happy)
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From:mistraltoes
Date:December 6th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't have taken it if I didn't want to use it. :D
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From:sallymn
Date:December 6th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
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So being happy is actually a good and virtuous and kind thing to do...

I like it :)
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:December 7th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
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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.

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