Is Worry Contagious?
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.