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Editor’s note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity – the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful times.

When I tell Pam, my stressed-out lawyer friend, that stress is contagious, she seems unimpressed.

“I have always kind of suspected that,” she says, “ever since in ‘Ghostbusters II,’ when the guys discover that people’s nonstop negativity has created an evil slime that threatens humanity. Then they find out the slime reacts to both positive and negative emotions, so they have a bunch of New Yorkers hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’ to it in Central Park or something. And boom! The slime dissolves.”


I’m sort of speechless, though the comparison is oddly compelling.

It may seem more science fiction than science, but emotional contagion – though not the slime part – is a well-researched phenomenon.

“We pass emotions back and forth all the time, as part of…

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