I came across an article on stress and anxiety being contagious. The new research, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, found that simply observing someone in a stressed state can elicit an empathetic stress response. I found it interesting. I’ve learned to surround myself with people who have positive energy. To be a good friend is to be a good listener and acknowledging their stresses without adding fuel to the fire. If stress is contagious, joy and happiness certainly must be, too!