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Feeling happy? Spread it around 感到開心?散播出去吧

Happiness is infectious and can "ripple" through social groups such as family and friends -- but work colleagues are apparently immune to each other’s moods, according to a study published Friday.


The effect creates "clusters" of happy and unhappy people, both socially and in geographical terms, said the study, stressing that contentment "is not merely the province of isolated individuals."


But while the mood of neighbours and friends can have more impact on people than that of live-in partners, work colleagues are not affected by a happy person in their midst, said the study in the British Medical Journal.


"Changes in individual happiness can ripple through social networks and generate large scale structure in the network, giving rise to clusters of happy and unhappy individuals," said the study’s authors.


"Most important from our perspective is the recognition that people are embedded in social networks. The health and well-being of one person affects the health and well-being of others, as human happiness is not merely the province of isolated individuals."



infectious:形容詞,有感染力的,如an infectious smile,有感染力的笑。

province:名詞,領域、範圍,It’s not my province.(這不是我的專長領域。)



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