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Fitness Friday: Emotional Workout

Posted By bectemp on Dec 5, 2008 at 9:26AM

two pretty woman leaning shoulder to shoulder laughingJamie Temple, ACE, ACSM, Personal Trainer/Fitness Specialist, in her weekly Fitness Friday takes you through an emotional workout.

I've had the flu this week, so the last thing I want to do is work-out or be around a lot of people, but researchers reported yesterday that happiness is contagious. I guess an emotional workout might be a better prescription for my mood today than a Z-Pack.  Could gathering up friends chase the blues away?

The study published today in the British Medical Journal showed that  happiness is contagious and that people with the most social connections -- including spouses, significant others, friends, relatives -- were the happiest.

Hmmm, I wonder if the effect works online?

  • If a social contact is happy, it increases the likelihood that you are happy by 15 percent.
  • A friend of a friend, or the friend of a spouse or a sibling, if they are happy, increases your chances by 10 percent
  • A happy third-degree friend -- the friend or a friend of a friend -- increases a person's chances of being happy by 6 percent.
  • But every extra unhappy friend increases the likelihood that you'll be unhappy by 7 percent.
  • Having $5,000 extra increased a person's chances of becoming happier by about 2 percent.


Kind of makes me feel like one of those word problems I detested when I was in elementary school:  "Jamie has a bookcase in her room that has three shelves.  When she organized the 72 books in her fantasy book collection it was filled. She counted 12 hardcover books on the bottom shelf and half the remaining books on each of the other two shelves.  How many books were on each of the last two shelves?"

If you can determine your FRIEND QUOTIENT or the answer to the shelf question, please share it.  If not, smile and the world will smile with you.



    Source:  British Medical Journal

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