We all know, intuitively, that our happiness release greatly on the mods of those around us. When those closest to us are happy, chances and we will be too. The conserve is also often true, as we reflect the bad moods of those around us.
Apparently, however, its a little more complex … we pick up mood differently depending on who is instigating. I read an interesting study on the transference of moods, and thought I would share a coulee of interesting conclusions:
- within a family, a daughters mood has the greatest effect on the moods of everyone else in the family; if your daughter is crabby you will be too.
- conversely, while a sons’ mood is greatly affected by the moods of his parents, a daughter’s is not. So whether you, as a parent, are happy or sad, your son will mimic this mood but your daughter will not
- the second most contagious mood is that of the father, in particular fathers retuning home from work. Whether the dad is happy or sad when he comes home, that mood will set the mood for the entire evening for the family.
At some level, this common sense, but I found it interesting how the moods of different family members would affect others differently.