The Journal of PLoS Computational Biology finds that obesity is contagious among friends. In short, says the study, the more obese people you have contact with, the more obese you are likely to become.
Researchers admit they’re not sure why that is.
Wouldn’t it make sense that we are partly a function of our environment, and that what our friends do influences what we do?
If that is true, consider what else might be contagious:
Success. Napoleon Hill famously recommended being part of a mastermind alliance of like-minded people committed to success.
Character. As the old saw goes, when you lie down with dogs you get fleas. Maybe if you hang out with angels you’ll get a halo.
Energy. What is the energy in your workplace like? I’ve found I can catch energy from my colleagues and, when I speak, my audiences (and vice versa).
Are you contagious? What are others catching from you…and you from them?