Posted on 12/5/2008
I’m feeling very good today because of a new study which confirms something I’ve believed all my life. Do you want your friends and family to be happy? Well, a study conducted by researchers at Harvard University found that you can influence the happiness of others by being happy yourself.
Happiness can spread among people “like a contagion” according to the Harvard research. More than 4,700 people were followed over 20 years and here’s the outcome: “People who are happy or become happy boost the chances that someone they know will be happy.”
Here’s something even better: the “power of happiness” can span “another degree of separation”—helping the husband, wife, brother, sister, friend, or neighbor of the person you influence.
The medical sociologists who conducted the study at Harvard reported that one person’s happiness can influence others for as long as one year. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is far less influential. It spreads a little, but not nearly as much as happiness.
I am always skeptical when reading research, because it’s often a case of who is paying for the study and who benefits. I like this one, because it’s not about business, it’s about what it means to be a human being.
At Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, our mission is directly related to happiness, because weight loss and proper nutrition make for healthier people. And being healthy is a helpful foundation for being happy.
I’m a happy person—and have been even when things weren’t going well—when I learned I had cancer, for instance, or when Kelly got very sick. Since it’s so important for me to be a good influence on others, this study made me—well, happier. It’s good to know that I—and each of you—have the power to increase the happiness of others.
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I’m happy because of messages like this one from Wendy: “I cannot say enough about this food. I am a Type 2 diabetic and have been taking Actose for years and just recently increased the dosage. When I began Seattle Sutton just 10 days ago, I decided to stop taking my Actose just to see what my blood sugars would do. If I had read this in your blog from any other customer I would probably say NO WAY. My blood sugars normalized after just a few days of eating Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. I am so amazed by that because even doing low carb I could not get off my meds. So the weight loss is not the only benefit. I am just soooooo grateful to Seattle for doing this. I hope to meet you someday and give you a big hug!”
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It also makes me happy to present you with this checklist containing some of the reasons supporting the worthiness of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. We’ve worked hard for more than two decades to create and deliver a program which absolutely—no shortcuts—will deliver results. Here’s a short summary. Thanks for reading. Be happy!
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.