Can you β€œcatch” stress from people around you?

If you’ve ever felt like you’ve caught a bad mood from someone, it probably wasn’t your imagination.

 

A couple weeks ago I came across a study that looked into this, and I was fascinated because it’s something I’ve personally experienced (and chances are you have, too).

 

Have you ever been in the middle of a great day, and then you run into someone who is totally stressed out, angry or worried? And then before you know it, you’re knocked out of your good mood and are suddenly feeling stressed and agitated, too?

 

Scientists recently found that the brain changes associated with stress are actually contagious and can “infect” others. After the stressor is removed, females are better able to reverse those brain changes, while males have a tougher time with it.

 

This particular study (which was published in the medical journal Nature Neuroscience) was done on mice so obviously more investigation needs to be done on...

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