We’ve previously written about how changing your environment can get you out of a creative rut. As it turns out, emotions from people in close proximity can rub off on our own mood. Rachel Feintzeig writes in the Wall Street Journal:
Aspects of a worker’s disposition can, in fact, be contagious, according to Sigal Barsade, a management professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. “People literally catch emotions from one another like a virus,” she says. Her research has found that the least-contagious emotional state is one marked by low-energy and sluggishness. The most contagious is a calm, relaxed state—which she nicknamed “the California condition.”
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