September 24th, 2009
This is the cover story that sure caught my attention in a recent New York Times Magazine edition (9/13). And it continued with: “Is Happiness Catching? Your friends and even your friends’ friends can make you quit smoking, eat too much or get happy…a look at the emerging science of social contagion.” “Look around and you’ll see a spreading and, what appears to be unstoppable affliction in our culture.” OK, leaving aside the fact that correlation does not mean causation, there are some compelling insights in this line of reasoning. As I read further, the obesity epidemic made more sense….