New research shows that in a social network, happiness spreads among people up to three degrees removed from one another. That means when you feel happy, a friend of a friend of a friend has a slightly higher likelihood of feeling happy too.

The lesson is that taking contr

ol of your own happiness can positively affect others, says James Fowler, co-author of the study and professor of political science at the University of California in San Diego.

“We get this chain reaction in happiness that I think increases the stakes in terms of us trying to shape our own moods to make sure we have a positive impact on people we know and love,” he said.

desdeHappiness is contagious in social networks – CNN.com.

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