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More silly sounding research about happiness, imho!

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From the Globe and Mail today and CBC’s The National:

Using a standard measure of well-being, the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale, they found that when an individual becomes happy, a friend who lives nearby experiences a 25-per-cent increased chance of becoming happy. And the more centrally located you are in your social cluster of happy people, the more likely you are to become happy.

“Popularity leads to happiness, not happiness to popularity,” Dr. Christakis says.

Next-door neighbours who became happy increase a person’s happiness by 34 per cent, whereas a neighbour who lives merely on the same block has little impact.

Sounds like a bunch of correlation analysis gone bonkers, or oogedy poogedy!

What I really think is in line with the lyric “Happiness is different things to different people, that’s what happiness is!”

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/12/05 at 06:33

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