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Could Pain Be Contagious, Just Like Happiness?

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  • Pain can spread among mice by way of smell, suggesting physical pain can develop as a result of social cues alone. The discovery has significant implications for scientists working on addiction withdrawal and pain reducing drugs
  • Among humans, happiness spreads like a contagion. Having a happy next-door neighbor or living within a mile of a happy friend increases your chances of being happy by 34 and 25 percent respectively
  • Gratitude and having strong, loving relationships tend to generate the most happiness. A person’s capacity for loving relationships was the only factor that could predict life satisfaction in older men

By Dr. Mercola

According to recent research, pain can spread among mice by way of smell, suggesting physical pain — at least among animals — can develop as a result of social cues alone. In other words, pain may be contagious.


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