The Ordinary Feelings You May Not Know Are Contagious


The one surefire way to keep healthy is to be clean; cleanliness is next to Godliness as the old adage goes, and nothing could be more true. Hand washing, clothes washing, hair and skin washing: all are done to keep germs and bacteria at bay, and for good reason. Sometimes even the smallest instance of bacteria entering the system can shut you down for quite a while. Doing your part to keep clean is imperative to overall health and well-being.


We also take other easy and simple precautions throughout our daily lives, many of which are just good manners; things such as covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze. Protection is a key element in the fight against illness. Especially with there being so many contagious germs and viruses, it is important that we shield ourselves from such risks. 

There are an abundance of things in our lives that we can accidentally catch, and before we know it, these things could be hazardous to our health. Usually when we think of them, we think of bacteria or viruses; however, there are a few common occurrences that are easily brought on by others that have hazardous effects on our health, some of which we may not even realize.

If stress seems to follow you via the people around you, you may not be too crazy in thinking as much. It has been scientifically proven that being around someone having a stressful day or deflecting their stress outwardly can actually latch itself onto you. A recent study shows that even locking eyes with a visibly anxious person ups stress hormones within your own body. This then leads to an increased chance of you becoming stressed, too.

Envy may turn you green, but it can also be caught. Jealousy, envy and lust are all emotions that we have the ability to feel through others and are contagious emotions and feelings. In 2012, a study in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that objects are rated as more desirable to us if we think somebody close to us also wants them. One easy remedy to help battle back against the contagiousness of these feelings is to remind yourself that happiness is not had by obtaining something that you cannot acquire.

As strange as it sounds, itching is also highly contagious. When we see another person scratch, we suddenly feel the need to itch as well, says a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).The contagiousness of the itching feeling is due in part to the way in which we naturally empathize and connect with people around us.

Not all that is contagious is bad and has negative connotations. For example, happiness can also spread as fast as any germs can, which is nothing but positive for overall health; having a sense of happiness keeps the body filled with positive hormones, which can lead to a healthier you.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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