Are you surrounded by stressed-out colleagues complaining about their jobs, or friends whining about their boyfriends? Then watch out, because their stress and anxiety is as contagious as a common cold.
That’s the theory of a leading professor of psychology, Dr Elaine Hatfield, from the University of Hawaii. ‘All emotions – joy, fear, sadness and stress – have been shown to be contagious,’ she told us. ‘It’s called “emotional contagion”.
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