When we think of someone being contagious, it’s most often in the context of having the cold or the flu. We know that germs are easy to spread, and we might be susceptible to catching an illness. But did you know that our emotions are contagious, too? Not literally, of course, but emerging research is showing that the people around us can really influence our feelings – for example, if your boss is acting grumpy and rude, you’re likely to feel that same way! We often subconsciously mimic others’ facial expressions and hand gestures and then begin to take on or “catch” their emotions and begin to feel similar feelings.
Contagious emotions aren’t always a bad thing. Choosing to be around positive and optimistic individuals can really brighten our spirits. However, we’ve all unfortunately experienced being affected by someone else’s bad mood. If you find yourself being weighed down by another person’s negative feelings, here are three ways to protect yourself emotionally:Continue Reading