Intended for healthcare professionals

Research

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

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2338 (Published 05 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2338

Isn't Social Life, Then, Contagious?

If happiness is as contagious as that, is it really a stretch to
infer that community life is likewise contagious? Might not all this
"contagious" (this viral) thinking also lead us to the more fundamental
conclusion that humans are social animals not because they are social
(they live in social groups) -- that would be a tautology -- but because
social life is itself contagious? But in what ways would this contagion be
different from Durkheimian solidarity?

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

09 December 2008
Mauri O. Yambo
Lecturer
Department of Sociology, University of Nairobi, 00100