HEADLINE: New reason to be happy: It may go a long way
Friends of friends of friends cheered, social study finds
Cyburbia has that reach.But the new social network analysis showed that that contagious effect extends three "degrees" - as far as a friend of a friend of a friend - and drops off with time and distance.
The happiness researchers used data from the Framingham Heart Study,
"We think that while there might be six degrees of separation between any two people," Christakis said, when it comes to the impact on your social network, there are "three degrees of influence."