Is stress contagious?
Researchers say yes. A study in Nature Neuroscience discovered that stress transmitted from others can change the brain in the same way as real stress does — increasing cortisol, making you forgetful, causing anxiety and impairing memory. However, in female mice, these effects were reversed following social interaction. So tune out Negative Nellie as best you can, then schedule brunch with the girls or date night with your partner to avoid brain drain.