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    Study that Happiness is contagious

    HEADLINE: New reason to be happy: It may go a long way
    Friends of friends of friends cheered, social study finds
    http://www.boston.com/news/local/mas...go_a_long_way/

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    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."
    Cyburbia has that reach.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Cyburbia has that reach.
    Have you discovered that when Cyburbia makes you happy, you in turn make a person happy--and that person makes a third person happy?

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    I did not read far enough -
    Shigehiro Oishi, a University of Virginia psychologist who studies the causes and consequences well-being, said the importance of geography was a profound finding.

    "Although we are connected with friends and family members who live far away via cellphone and the Internet, these results indicate that there is nothing like a face-to-face interaction," Oishi said. "We are told to get connected by cellphone companies, but in order to get connected you really have to live close by and interact face to face."
    So then maybe Laefests are important.

    On the other hand they found that
    "We suspect emotions spread through frequency of contact," Fowler said. As a result, he said, people who live too far away to be seen on a regular basis don't have much effect.

    The one exception was co-workers, perhaps because something in the work environment prevented their happiness from spreading, the study found.
    http://www.latimes.com/features/heal...,5449915.story

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