More happiness research

Human relationships are consistently found to be the most important correlation with human happiness.

The structure of the social network appeared to have an impact on
happiness, as people who were very central (with many friends and
friends of friends) were significantly more likely to be happy than
those on the periphery of the network.

A widely-publicized study from 2008 in the British Medical Journal reported that happiness in social networks may spread from person to person.1
Researchers reported that happiness spread more consistently than unhappiness through the network.  Overall, the results suggest that happiness might spread through a population like a virus.2,3

1. James H. Fowler and Nicholas A. Christakis (3 January 2009). "Dynamic Spread of Happiness in a Large Social Network: Longitudinal Analysis Over 20 Years in the Framingham Heart Study" (PDF). British Medical Journal 338 (768): a2338. doi:10.1136/bmj.a2338.
2. "Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says". New York Times. December 5, 2008.
3/  Rob Stein, "Happiness Can Spread Among People Like a Contagion, Study Indicates," The Washington Post, December 5, 2008, Page A08


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