A Culture of Happiness


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According to a study published by the Journal of Happiness, associating with other happy people turns on a gene that increases happiness levels. The gene is called “A allele”. A Allele regulates anandamine, a substance that increases pleasure and reduces pain.

Conversely, when you associate with unhappy, toxic people you turn this gene off, and this acts like a stopgap, preventing the release of anandamine, resulting in increased pain and reduced happiness.

The old adage is true, we are who we associate with. Create a culture of happiness by making a habit of associating with other happy people and avoiding unhappy people.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Thanks for this article, it is a true word of wisdom and I will learn to associate with positive people.Associations are very important.

  2. Hi Tom,
    Just 3 minutes ago, I was reading Swami Paramananda’s book “Concentration And Meditation where he says ” If we come in contact with a person who is dull, heavy, ignorant, lethargic, very
    soon we also begin to feel heavy and dull. In the same way when we come in contact
    with one who is inspiring, radiant and spiritual, those same qualities rise up in us.” And then I opened your email.
    I know this is not a coincidence.

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