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How to help maintain your own wellbeing

When love surpasses the trouble of a partner, a parent, a child or a friend, we can still sustain our own well-being.

  • Work on your own joy. It will give you the happiness reserves you need to help the unhappy person.
  • Don’t take it personally. Even if the person lashes out at you, remember it’s not your fault.
  • Use the element of surprise. Get the person to engage in spontaneous and enjoyable activities.
  • Prevent the spread. If you are the unhappy person, remember that people want to help. Allowing people to help makes them happier.

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MORE IDEAS FROM Those Who Share a Roof Share Emotions

Emotions are contagious

Working in a negative environment can make you feel more miserable, and sharing a roof with a negative person can make you feel depressed.

We can try to withdraw from unhappy people, but when we really love others who are suffering, we want to help, not avoid them. We can help them by accepting their emotions while not giving up our own happiness.

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  • We can in part catch others emotions physiologically. If we see someone else in pain, we often express that on our faces.
  • People living together tend to influence one another’s feelings. A study found that a non-depressed roommate will show signs of depression after living with a depressed roommate. Even in the workplace, toxic negativity can derail the whole culture and lead to high turnover.

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Studies found that even if you live within a mile of a friend who becomes cheerful, you’re likely to become happy too.

A clear way to catch an emotion is through conversation, where we project the emotions of others through our facial expressions, tone of voice, and posture.

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Emotional Contagion: Emotions Are Contagious

Emotional contagion is a phenomenon that occurs when a person or groups emotions and behaviours affect the emotions and behaviours of some other person or group. This can be negative or positive.

We often mimic or imitate the emotional expressions (smiles and frowns) of other people without even realizing it. Mimicry and copying the body language, voice or facial expressions of other people is natural among social creatures, due to 'mirror neurons’ in the cerebral cortex region of the brain.

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  • They don't hold on to grudges. Forgiving and forgetting is absolutely necessary.
  • They don't make excuses. They use failure as an opportunity to change for the better.

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Emotional Contagion

This is what researchers call when we mimic the expressions and the emotions of the people around us.

The phrase "misery loves company" is a widely-used term and it seems that there is truth behind the phrase. Emotional contagion happens because of the mirror neuron system. Our neurons fire up when we behave in certain ways and is a probable explanation for how we experience empathy towards others.

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