be contagious!

March 12, 2014

As much as possible, I try to keep things positive on the blog. At the same time, there needs to be balance as I think there's value in keeping it real. So, for the most part, I try to post about good things or just present my sarcastic self in hopes that people can read sarcasm on a computer screen. Sure, things go wrong, and I'll share them, but nobody likes a constant downer.



While browsing online, I came across this NPR blog post called Foul Weather Begets Foul Moods Online. Obviously, I missed the "online" part, because my first thought was "no kidding - I'm the poster child for seasonal sadness!"

Your days are numbered, humidifier!

Then I read through and realized while they were talking about something totally different, if was still completely true: everything we say affects one another.

Basically, a mood study was conducted in relation to our social media use. Here's what they found:

 "...the researchers also found that each sad status posted on a rainy day gave rise to another negative post by a friend living in a city that was dry."

Bummer. I believe it. But then, the very next sentence:

"Positive moods seemed even more contagious — each happy post typically yielded two additional happy posts by others. The scientists detailed their findings in the current issue of the journal PLOS ONE."

That easy? I love being happy and I love sharing it online...I do tend to hold back sometimes as I don't want to come off as braggy, but if I can make someone's day a little brighter by sharing what made mine bright...well, why the heck not?

So, instead of pouting about the cold weather rumored for tomorrow, I just want to say that the last two days have been awesome! The temps were perfect for a walk in the city on my lunch break, and how lucky am I that my office offers waterfront dining, regardless of whether I go out or brown bag it?

Obviously I didn't brown bag it today. This wrap and lemonade were delicious!

What made you happy today? This week? Share in the comments but also share on your facebook - be contagious!


6 comments

  1. I think that this is so true! Moods really ARE contagious, and we can affect others by the way we speak. When I see people talking about good things in their life online, I never see it as something to be jealous of or something braggy, but it is inspiring! I'm glad you guys have had a bit of warmer weather! A happy thing for me this week was m sister coming for a visit...and, like you mentioned on my post, a free dress is a very happy thing! :)

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  2. I definitely think this is true. We have someone at my work who is constantly pissed off about something and people just feed off of that. It's incredibly frustrating.

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  3. That is a really cool study! The weather the past couple of days was definitely where my happiness came from!

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  4. So interesting! The positive really does outweight the negative I suppose. Thanks for the reminder that we should all spread a little sunshine! :)

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  5. This is so true! Positive comments can really make a difference in someone's life. I found your blog on Fresh Fridays linky party....you made my day :)
    http://karanandmichael.blogspot.com/2013/10/doorsdoors-and-more-doors.html

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  6. I totally believe that - spread the positivity!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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