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If Happiness is Contagious? What To Do When You Step In Poop Sh*t

Updated on January 7, 2014

Humans Are Funny

We all know that yawning and laughter can be contagious. Whether we pass this energy to just one person, or it occurs en mass, humans have this uncanny ability to transmit and communicate how we feel. Unfortunately, the autistic have a much harder time to socialize, make eye-contact and get in touch with this aspect of themselves. But, it seems that certain intense situations may transmit.

Clips of Laughter

I posted a little challenge to my homeopathic friends on FaceBook to take a look at some short clips of people laughing to analyze. Every time I watch the people who suddenly start up laughing due to some trigger or innate response, no way can I hold back a huge smile, a giggle or even a laugh, even after repeated viewing.

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Positive is more contagious

Noetic Scientist Lynne McTaggart works with the concept that we are Co-Creators of our world. She experiments with using intention and positive thoughts to make real world changes that can be detected and measured.

Can Positive Thoughts & Moods Become Contagious?

Introducing Professor Sigal Barsade, who teaches management at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania as an example of the viral nature of our mood. Barsade conducted experiments to test her theory that there is a "ripple effect" as people can "radiate" their mood upon others.

She found that Positive moods were more socially contagious than his bad moods, and were more likely to act like a giant virus, overwhelming the group. In fact, when Rick was in his positive state, the group actually gave him more money than he’d asked for.

Wow! Well that's one grande incentive to be in a Positive Mood. You receive not only the healthy, emotional reward, but it could also lead to material wealth. 

Barsade concluded that both kinds of emotion – positive and negative – are contagious, but that positive emotions are the more powerful and stimulate others to be more cooperative.

If you think about the negative being the dark and the positive being the light, then one small candle can light up a whole room, but it is very hard to block out all the light and takes much more energy to cover up even a pinhole of light that can seep into a space. 

Barsade indicates that emotions are virulent viruses and quickly infect others; elements in our brains and bodies immediately begin to copy theirs. She asks you to put this effect to the test. When someone smiles at you, do you have a natural reflex to smile back or do you have to forcibly resist doing so? 

Another study resulted in this 'tuning' of emotional response between a speaker and a group of listeners. Just like when you attend a presentation of a professional 'storyteller' or actor. As the speaker [an actor] read the speech alternately using happy, unhappy or neutral inflections of speech, the participants matched the emotions while he was preforming in using a rating system. 

Furthermore, when they were asked provide their attitude toward the speaker, they were least fond of the speaker with the unhappy voice.

Silver and Gold

The Happiness Virus

After learning about the 'Happiness Virus' a song came to mind. It was the poem my sister and I used to sing called "Silver and Gold" ------------>

Good friendships are like gold. Like money in the bank. Your spiritual bank.


In this story they say misery or what I would call depression does not spread, but I still wonder if that is true. When you are around downtrodden people, their vibes seem to pull you into a low mood.

Or maybe. . . you just leave them to their misery, so that they end up in an “isolation chamber” of their own making. Kind of like nature’s own quarantine.


NCBI Happiness as a Medical Disorder | A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder. Medicine has gone off the deep end. To remain completely neutral and balance the scale, if "depression" and "sadness" can be accused and labeled as a medical disorder, then certainly the opposite must also be dysfunctional. However, they say we only THINK it is a good thing.

If "Happiness" can be listed in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type, then the physicians and pharmaceuticals companies will designed and create some kind of drugs to straighten you out and make you MONOTONE and without any color whatsoever $6.

  • "In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal remains--that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant."

  • Science has lost all hope if they remove the spirit and soul of a human being from it's vessel. We are not bits and pieces put together with nuts, bolts, solder and glue. We are complicated beings that naturally have ups and downs in life; that are born with individual temperaments, feelings, and thoughts. We are not all vanilla.


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Get In Contact with Positive Energy

Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego researchers documented how happiness spreads through social networks.

Hubs are Part of the Circle of Happiness

That includes Hubpages as a social network. I've been thinking a lot about why writing Hubs are addictive. It's because the folks here are communicating and trying to help each other. Even though the world out there is in a funk, the world in here - our center, is full of people who are uplifting each other. We are basically journaling our daily thoughts. We are communicating and disseminating knowledge and shared experience and wisdom. Let's go viral!

Who are you Near?

Communicable Happiness. Take a look around and check to see if the people around you are smiling. They found that when a person becomes happy, a friend living close by has a 25 percent higher chance of becoming happy themselves. A spouse experiences an 8 percent increased chance and for next-door neighbors, it's 34 percent. . .When one person becomes happy, the social network effect can spread up to 3 degrees - reaching friends of friends.

They used the 5,000 people in the Framingham Heart Study.

These are the questions they asked the participants.

  • How often during the past week would you say: I enjoyed life?
  • How often during the past week would you say:I felt hopeful about the future?

How would you answer these questions in today’s declining global environment and economy?

If you want to be happy, I recommend you move to the center. In this position you are probably more balanced and stable. It seems people will congregate around you. So, rather than company loves misery; company loves support and love.

Wow! It’s like the theory of energy and quantum physics. This is the way to heal thy self. Make a party and stand in the center of the circle.


Stand in the Center of the Circle

If I think I'm happy, then I am happy
If I think I'm happy, then I am happy

Are Human's Predictable?

Is our behavior predictable? Can each of us, individually and communally, change the world? I believe we can. It's all based upon individual choice. We are learning how particles and people react and move in space.

It all depends upon whether you recognize where you are standing and feeling. Look in the mirror or in the face of another person reflecting you. Then move to a happier space. We can build a mass of happiness. If you realize it's all up to you and take that responsibility to change the world, your community, your home, your relationships, the result will be a better world.

We have the power to control the flow of our own energy!

You Create Your Own Happiness

  • "Who is rich? The one who appreciates what he has." (Talmud - Pirkei Avot 4:1)

Happiness does not come from what you achieve or acquire. No matter how much we have, we always want more. Happiness is an obligation. Happiness is a state of mind. Just like water can change from liquid, to gas, to solid, so can we change our perspective by changing what we think about, how we reframe, what perspective we take on ourselves. The more we count our blessings with gratitude, the happier we feel. Consciously, enjoy what you have – look at the glass as half full.


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What's The Good News?

University of Maryland | Watch more comedy films for the effect of increased blood flow. Twenty healthy young adults watched 15-30 minutes of sad and humorous films 48 hours apart. The result of flow was analogous to using statin drugs. While the comedy films increased arterial blood flow; sad films like, "Saving Private Ryan" must have hardened arteries or narrow the vessels with an outcome of less blood flow, in the same way the mental stress constricts arteries and reduces blood flow.

I'm amazed this study correlates the act of laughter via watching comedy films to physical exercise such as aerobics.

The levels of brachial blood flow were measured just one minute before and after each phase of laughter. I wonder if these physical responses lasted longer or were carried into other aspects of mental health and outlook?

  • Dr Charmaine Griffiths, of the British Heart Foundation, said: "It is well known that changes in emotion can be reflected in changes in the heart and circulation. "Scientists are becoming increasingly interested in the possibility that a good giggle has positive effects on heart health. "Whether sharing a joke with friends or watching a comedy, a good laugh is likely to be good for your heart. . ."

Harvard School of Public Health Study Report |

  • Optimists had about half the risk of a first heart attack compared with pessimists.
  • People with a better sense of well-being tended to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.
  • Optimists were more likely to get exercise and eat healthy foods.
  • Optimists were less likely to smoke or have sleep problems.

The Chicken or The Egg | Researchers said they didn't know whether optimism caused people to take care of themselves, or if being healthy made people feel optimistic.

Happiness in a Storm

Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor
Happiness in a Storm: Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor

PRAISE FOR HER BOOK "Happiness in a Storm is more than a book, it is a blessing." -- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom. "An inspiring message of achieving happiness." -- Doug Ulman, Director of Survivorship, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Austin, TX


Dr. Wendy Harpham

Visit Dr. Wendy Harpham's Blog website for inspiration and ways to find hope and happiness in your life.

No Matter What Your Situation - You Can Live in a State of Happiness.

In 1990, Harpham, a physician with three young children, was diagnosed with chronic lymphoma. Now in remission,  she shares with us the guidelines she has developed for becoming a healthy survivor: a patient who gets good care and lives as fully as possible 

Did You Step In Poop Today?


These Concepts are Worth Repeating. . .

Our behavior is NOT predictable, or is it? Yes, each of us plays a part in changing the world. Choose to be happy. Imagine happy particles moving through your body into every cell and all around you. Feel the tingle?

Take a moment to check in and see where you are standing and how you are feeling. Imagine a place in the room is a HAPPY SPACE and step into that space like a "time machine." We can build a mass of happiness. If you realize it's all up to you and take that responsibility to change the world, your community, your home, your relationships, the result will be a better world.

We have the power to control the flow of our own energy!

If you replied "No" to the poll of happiness. How about taking out a piece of paper and writing, "I am happy today." Maybe do that a few times today. Look at the paper. Then look in the mirror. Then say a prayer of gratitude for any function you CAN do, including being able to read this message.

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About the Author

Our intentions can make an impact and change our perception of our world. Not only that, what we think can effect others around us. Thus, scientists have found that happiness is contagious. So, call it a Good Disease! Spread the love.

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Debby Bruck, CHOM is the founder of Homeopathy World Community and believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

Debby is learning to turn up the corner's of her lips more often in an effort to use the happiness factor. Changing Self from the Outside-In and the Inside-Out. Take some Action that will tell your body you feel happy, even if you don't. It will change your chemistry. What I have begun to notice most of all is when I listen to humorous radio shows. I really feel great when I smile and laugh! It's true. It works to make you a happy person.

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    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Joan ~ What a dear you are to pop over from Twitter to read my little hub and take the extra time to comment. Yup! I want to be a carrier and spreader too. Let's infect the world with happiness. Hugs, Debby

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      Joan Kappes 

      7 years ago

      I want to be a carrier and a spreader! :) Thanks - great article!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Well dear Zak ~ You just made my day. Can you see me smiling? Of course you can, that's why you are sharing with others. Bless you, Debby

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      Michael Murchie 

      7 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Magnificent Hub! I was engrossed from beginning to end, and I absolutely adored the Silver and Gold poem, I will definitely be sharing this one with my friends and family.

      Thanks for making me smile today :)

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      9 years ago

      Hi Donna. It's been a while since anyone commented on the "Happiness" Hub. Even I need a reminder every once in a while. We all need to smile more. Love, Debby

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      Donna Wilson 

      9 years ago

      Great article - I remember a similar song, "Silver & Gold" that we sang in Girl Scouts...! And yes, happiness is a choice. I choose to continue spreading the joy!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hey Rockinjoe and Ken ~ I believe we have a case of "follow the leader." What fun. I love the hubpage community. Keep your chin up, and keep walking . . . Debby

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      Ken Devonald 

      10 years ago from Edinburgh

      I followed rocking joe here - glad I did. Fantastic attitude! Helps you even when you do step in poop... :-)

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      Joseph Addams 

      10 years ago from Standing right behind you!

      Great hub. Sometimes, one just needs a reminder of what he/she has to feel happy. Thanks for that reminder!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Dear Glassvisage ~ Thank you so much for visiting my hub on happiness and commenting. Wishing you a VERY happy day and Happy New Year. Debby

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      10 years ago from Northern California

      That's great to connect writing and reading Hubs to finding happiness. And yay for using stepping in poo as an analogy :)

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for spreading the happiness around! Hope you are enjoying Hubpages.

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      Barry Strulson 

      10 years ago

      I REFUSE, yes REFUSE, to walk around in a funk. We live in the real world, and while the real world may sometimes be troublesome or irksome, we can always find something to smile about and be thakful. Thank you Debby for this wonderful reminder.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      If you believe it, it is so. Blessings to you

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      10 years ago

      I really like your hub, If you are happy make other happy.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      10 years ago

      Hey Vitae ~ There are such great videos out there. People are encouraging and motivating positive thoughts.

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      10 years ago from Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

      Hi Debby! Loved your video selection. Heath O is so charming! I love the concept of choosing happiness. Why not choose happiness? Choosing feeling down can only be a bummer of a choice. People who allow themselves to be down usually say, "Well, I have reasons for being down, and no reasons for being up." But there is every reason to use the good old beha; "I need to excuse to experience and express pure joy!"


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