Is Worry Con­ta­gious?

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Cover Story -

Though it’s healthy to share wor­ries with oth­ers, when you’re sur­rounded by friends who fret, you might no­tice your­self feel­ing more anx­ious. A 2014 Ger­man study found that even wit­ness­ing some­one else in a stress­ful sit­u­a­tion can cause your own lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol to spike.

Buhr says there’s no need to avoid those in­flu­ences. “But you want to be aware of how cer­tain peo­ple af­fect you and how that gets you think­ing,”

she adds. “Find bal­ance by also seek­ing out peo­ple who have healthy per­spec­tives.” Worry might be con­ta­gious, but a pos­i­tive out­look could be in­fec­tious, too.

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