When an individual becomes happier, a friend living within a mile experiences a 25 percent increased chance of happiness. A spouse is 8 percent more likely to be happy, siblings living within one mile are 14 percent more likely, and next-door neighbors are 34 percent more likely.
We often tell ourselves stories about our lives, our goals and our dreams. We put so much urgency into these stories that often they morph into rigid rules. This habit can hold us back from embracing change and growth.