Emotions! They are what’s contagious.
Good ones and bad ones. Happiness, excitement, hope, calm, patience … and anger, sadness, frustration, irritation…
You’ve heard the phrase, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.” I have looked for the origins of this phrase. A 10-minute web search asking the question did not yield much insight. Well, it doesn’t matter where the quote came from–it’s true.
So is this one: “If poppa ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.”
And so is this one: “A family is only as happy as your least happy child.”
They are all true because emotions are contagious.
Families are ecosystems of emotions. Like the common cold, we pick up and pass on the germs of emotions. Sad fact: The negative emotions are actually more contagious than positive ones. There is brain research that explains why. That is why it takes some work to create happy, healthy ecosystems of emotions.
How healthy is the emotional ecosystem in your family? In your place of work? In your small group? In your church?
If you want it to be healthier, be the change you want. Start to display the emotional energy you want to experience.
Say “thank you.”
Give a little extra help.
Encourage someone with a positive word.
Do a random act of kindness.
Do another one.
Okay, stretch and do one more!
And then do all this again tomorrow.
You can do all things through God who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).
P.S. And for a fun few hours, watch Inside Out. If you already saw this animated movie from Disney-Pixar, watch it again.