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What are benefits of being around happy people?

Having someone in your immediate social circle who is upbeat ups your chances of happiness by 15%. Why? It seems happy people have the power to spread their feel-good vibes far and wide the same way a ripple spreads through a pond. Not only do immediate friends matter, but friends of friends, too. So make plans to have lunch with a friend or go for a walk together. It could have far-reaching benefits for your mental health.

Happy people tend to give off positive emotions.  Research on positive emotions shows that they are contagious (you can catch someone's good mood like you can catch a cold), increase your creativity, enhance your decision-making, increase your ability to take in more information, increase your resilience, and they unwind the negative physiological impact of negative emotions. That's a tremendous psychological and physical health benefit! 

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