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Happiness IS Contagious

Study: Happiness IS Contagious

 

It looks like Bobby McFerrin was right when he sang, “don’t worry be happy.” According to a study published in Statistics in Medicine and conducted at Harvard  University and the University of California, happiness is contagious.

That’s good news for friends, neighbors, and spouses of happy people.   The study found that when a person becomes happy, a friend who lives  close to the happy person has a 25 percent higher likelihood of becoming happy  too. The spouse of the happy person has an 8 percent increased chance  of happiness, and the next-door neighbors have a 34 percent  chance. But there’s more.

The researchers conducted a review of other studies, including the ongoing  Framingham Heart Study and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.  Upon analysis the scientists not only found that certain relationships are most  impacted by happiness, they propose a theory called the “social contagion  theory” of ”three degrees of influence“ This is where  the study results get exciting. Lead researcher and professor at Harvard Medical  School, Nicholas Christakis, says that “Everyday interactions we  have with other people are definitely contagious, in terms of happiness.” While  that may seem obvious, he adds that the effect goes well beyond the  people with whom we have direct contact. When one person  becomes happy, the effect can spread by three degrees, which includes friends of  friends.

The researchers assessed people’s responses to survey questions,  including:  “How often during the past week would you say:  ‘I enjoyed  life? I felt hopeful about the future?’”

Of course, happiness may come in waves and, as a result, there are challenges  linked to studying happiness. But, when you consider the belief that there are  only 6 degrees of separation linking people, and that we can influence 3 degrees  of those people, it is quite a remarkable notion that if we make an effort to be truly happy (no, not the fake stuff!) then we can have a profound effect on  those around us.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 14-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: 60 Seconds  to Slim, Healing Recipes, The  Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The  Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan,  and The Phytozyme Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and  subscribe to her free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

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Shocking “Health” Companies to Avoid in 2013

Shocking “Health” Companies to Avoid in 2013

 

When it comes to what you put in your body I believe you have a right to  know.  That includes when genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are found  in foods you might be eating.  After all, GM foods increase the  risk of allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, pesticide exposure,  reproductive damage, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and many  potential long-term health issues that we simply don’t know yet.  Human  ancestors may have lived on the planet for thousands of years but this is the  first time in our evolution that we’ve been unsuspectingly part of a long-term experiment with genetically-modified foods.

Even the World Health Organization and the American Medical  Association have spoken out about the need to phase out the use of antibiotics  in the making of genetically-modified foods.  And as for the  argument that genetic modification reduces pesticide exposure, a recent study  from Washington State University found that the use of herbicides has  increased by about 25 percent in the three main GM crops.

The problem isn’t just the genetically modified foods; it is also the  lack of transparency surrounding these foods. In North America and many  other places in the world, genetically modified organisms are not identified or  labelled on foods.  Recently California had the opportunity to force GM  foods to be labelled under Proposition 37.  Thanks to a massive campaign on  the part of corporations using GM foods, the bill was shot down.  Based on  the research of The Cornucopia Institute, here are some of the companies who  opposed this important legislation.  In other words, they don’t think you  have the right to know what is in the food you put in your body:

Naked Juice (owned by Pepsi-Co)

Back to Nature (Kraft)

Honest Tea (Coca-Cola)

Odwalla (Coca-Cola)

Simply Orange Juice (Coca-Cola)

Cascadian Farm (General Mills)

Muir Glen (General Mills)

Larabar (General Mills)

Kashi (Kellogg)

Morningstar Farms (Kellogg)

Gardenburger (Kellogg)

Bear Naked (Kellogg)

R.W. Knudsen (J. M. Smucker Co.)

Santa Cruz Organic (J. M. Smucker Co.)

Unilever (Ben & Jerry’s)

Horizon Organic (Dean Foods)

Silk (Dean Foods)

Similac (Abbott Nutrition)

Welch’s

Goya Foods

…and many more — for the full list of companies that collectively spent  millions to crush Prop 37 and stop your right to know what’s in your food, check  out The Cornucopia Institute’s website.

Of course, Monsanto, Dow Agrosciences and Bayer Cropscience are on the list  too but I don’t think many people would consider these corporations “health  companies.”  The companies above stood alongside Monsanto to prevent you  from knowing the harmful frankenfoods you’re eating while they continue to take  your money for their “health products.”  We’ve been inundated with  green-washing but “health-washing” is becoming just as common.

If you think you have a right to know when Frankenfoods are contained in the  foods you’re eating, tell these companies by voting with your dollars.   Avoid the “health food” companies on this list if you want to see  genetically-modified organisms labelled on foods.  Their parent companies  (in parentheses) have been spending their money to fight Prop 37.  No one should have the right to hide potentially-harmful substances in  your food without your knowledge.

Sign the Cornucopia Institute’s petition to get Frankenfoods labelled  here.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 14-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: 60 Seconds  to Slim, Healing Recipes, The  Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The  Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan,  and The Phytozyme Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and  subscribe to her free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

 

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