Social network

Choosing your social network is important. People who are surrounded by happy people are more likely to become happy[1]. People are influenced to behave like the people they surround themselves with[4][5]. Social influence is a significant factor in obesity and other health issues. If a family member or a friend is obese, you’re much more likely to be obese, too[2]. Strong-willed friends can help increase your self-control[3]. Some people are better at providing social support. Social support can shield you against the risks and negative health effects of stress[6][7].

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I surround myself with positive people.
I spend time with people I look up to.
I prune my social circles to those who provide social and emotional value.
I do not hang out with people who cheat, steal and lie.
I consciously decide who I should or should not hang out with.
I am considerate and polite towards people I want to spend less time with.
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      Research
      • [1] Fowler, J. H.; Christakis, N. A (3 January 2009). "Dynamic Spread of Happiness in a Large Social Network: Longitudinal Analysis Over 20 Years in the Framingham Heart Study" (PDF). British Medical Journal 337 (768): a2338. doi:10.1136/bmj.a2338. PMC 2600606. PMID 19056788. View
      • [2] Christakis, NA; Fowler, JH (26 July 2007). "The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network Over 32 Years" (PDF). New England Journal of Medicine 357 (4): 370–379. doi:10.1056/NEJMsa066082. PMID 17652652. View
      • [3] Shea, C. T., Davisson, E. K., & Fitzsimons, G. M. (2013). Riding Others’ Coattails: Low self-control individuals value self-control in others. Psychological Science, 24(6), 1031–1036. doi:10.1177/0956797612464890. View
      • [4] Michael L. Lowe and Kelly L. Haws. “(Im)moral Support: The Social Outcomes of Parallel Self-Control Decisions.” Journal of Consumer Research: August 2014. View
      • [5] Negative social interactions and incident hypertension among older adults. RS Sneed, S Cohen Health psychology 33 (6), 554 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24884909
      • [6] Salovey, P., Detweiler, J. B., Steward, W. T., & Rothman, A. J. (2000). Emotional states and physical health. American Psychologist, 55, 110-121.
      • [7] Cohen, S., & Willis, T. A. (1985). Stress, social support, and the buffering hypothesis. Psychological Bulletin, 98, 310-357.
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