“There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about.” ~ Criss Jami
It’s that time of year again. The cold and flu season is upon us, forcing us to face a time when so many vile, contagious, little germs are waiting for the chance to invade our bodies and attack our immune systems. We make a concerted effort to wash our hands, clean our homes, desks, and cars. We stay away from others who are sick, in an attempt to protect ourselves and other family members as much as possible. Sometimes, however, those contagious germs end up infecting us despite our best efforts, but we have the power to minimize our risk by being proactive and conscious of our choices.
Germs are not the only things that are contagious. For instance, the other day I was having a conversation with a friend and something struck me as funny and I began to laugh. When she asked me what I was laughing at I began to laugh even harder as I tried to tell her. She began to laugh, I laughed harder at the fact that she was laughing and didn’t know why. Which made her laugh harder and pretty soon we both had tears running down our faces. We laughed so hard our cheeks hurt and our eyes were burning. Once we regained our composure we tried to recall what was so funny in the first place.
Has this ever happened to you? Maybe it was just a smile from someone that you found contagious and before you knew it you were smiling for no apparent reason. Laughing, smiling and the like are the contagious things that you want to be exposed to so focus on spending time with those that make you do just that!
Unfortunately negative emotions are just as contagious. Have you ever spent time with someone who is mad, sad or just plain angry? It doesn’t take long before your mood is negatively affected, does it? Likewise, walking into a room full of happy people can have a very positive effect on you.
Emotions are contagious, so choose where and who to spend your time with wisely. Choose your mood, don’t wait to be affected, be a carrier of positive emotions and share your contagious good mood, smile and laughter with others.