Is Stress as Contagious as the Flu?

December 20, 2015

Is Stress as Contagious as the Flu?


  • Research from the University of Hawaii suggests stress spreads as readily as germs.
  • Women in the workplace may be more susceptible to “catching” stress from coworkers.
  • Our brains absorb emotions and facial expressions and we get stressed out because they remind us of our own troubles.

Ever feel like you can’t deal with the office Debbie Downer? Why do you think that is? Perhaps because it brings you down? Well, researchers from the University of Hawaii would agree with you.

Women fall victim to sponging the stress from coworkers because the are more in tune with the emotions of others. This is a generalization, of course, and could be said of any person who has an intuitive nature.

So, yes, stress is contagious like the flu or a cold. When you’re feeling caught up in the daily grind, do your coworkers a favor and take a deep breath before spreading your stress to them.

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Original Article: News: Study Suggests Stress is Contagious, 12/16/15

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