A Hat and A Smile

The 2008 Fall Rod Keenan couture collection includes this Montmartre, a classic broad brim, long-hair beaver fur felt fedora. Only at HartfordYork.comRemember the post about how wearing hats is scientifically proven to make your friends wear hats too?

There’s more now, in a Time.com article called Laugh and the World Laughs Too: Happiness is Contagious. Researchers have found that merriment is “a collective affair, depending in large part on [a person’s] friends’ happiness — and the happiness of their friends’ friends, and even the friends of their friends’ friends.”

What I found even more interesting than the viral effect of a smile was that “the contagion effect was weaker among family members than friends, possibly because while people take a cue from friends, they take for granted their families and spouses.”

Wow.

What this means is that we are more influenced by “people up to three degrees away” (ie., strangers) than our own siblings or parents.

I’m going outside and will walk amongst strangers. I will wear my hat and smile, knowing that soon many of these very people will be doing the same. To the third degree.

Thanks for reading,
Smilin’ Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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