Good Moods or Bad Moods… They’re Contagious
People try to avoid picking up germs from someone who is coughing, but when they encounter a person who is in a bad mood, they can just as easily pick up their cranky vibes.
Moods are contagious.
It’s easy to catch a good mood. When you’re at work and co-workers have good news about something or someone, they want to share it with you. Excitedly, they announce the good news and everyone is in a better mood.
The infectious quality of mood and emotion has been widely studied as a form of contagion. Without consciously trying, people are very good at picking up on other people’s negative or positive emotions.
The situation is called “emotional contagion.” The first step involves unconscious copying of facial expressions and movements. Seeing a smile makes you smile, a frown makes you frown.
If you’re both frowning, you will tend to start feeling bad too and share emotions until you are both in the same mood. Mood copying is common when you are in frequent contact with others.
When a friend or co-worker is in a mood, it’s more likely that you’ll catch it than from a stranger.
Marriage researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that husbands experienced lower marital satisfaction when their wives reported higher stress. Wives were less affected by their husband’s stress levels.
Studies emphasize the importance of choosing friends and significant others wisely. People who are positive and upbeat can make you feel the same way.