So you are feeling stressed, but and you can’t put your finger on exactly why… it might be worth considering looking at the company you keep. Research shows that stress is highly contagious, meaning that if you surround yourself with others who are stressed, it is probably affecting your mental and physical health. And get this… the same holds true for watching stressful situations on television and movies! Take a moment to take inventory of your life choice and how much “optional stress” you are inviting into your life, and the negative impact it may be having. But all is not lost. Happiness is also contagious. As a matter of fact, research shows that positive emotions are MORE contagious than negative one! So go and have a good laugh with a friend. And don’t forget the hug!