Hang Out With Happy People– It Might Be Contagious

It turns out your mother was right, some of your friends are a good influence, while others aren’t, even when it comes to your emotions. A recent study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science found you can catch a good or bad mood from those you hang around with, but the effect isn’t strong enough to push you into a depression. Researchers looked at over 2,000 teens, and discovered that kids whose friends suffered from bad moods were more likely to report bad mood themselves, and were less likely to report an improvement in mood six months later. On the other hand, those who reported having more happy friends were likely to report an improved mood over time. Another important find: having friends who were clinically depressed did not increase participants’ risk of becoming clinically depressed themselves. (Time