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Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 05 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2338

The Acute Impact of Happiness Following Hurricane Katrina

We saw a similar, albiet more acute, impact of happiness following
Hurricane Katrina when we were working in the Medical Triage Unit
located at the New Orleans Convention
Center. I've previously described Augie's story (read

and see his picture
) and the impact that that he had on all of us.
He was the type of person that smiled with his entire body. When he
smiled, everyone within a 10 foot radius smiled with him. He had lost
all his belongings other than three garbage bags and six blankets.
Despite having nothing, he gave us something of immeasurable worth:
happiness and love.

In these days of both economic and healthcare challenge it will do us
well to remember that we, as individuals, have the possibility to
impact the system at large. What type of a legacy will you leave?

Dan Diamond, MD

Director, Katrina Medcial Triage Unit New Orleans Convention Center

CEO, Powerdyme™

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

26 January 2009
Daniel E. Diamond
Physician, CEO/Powerdyme