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Five strange things you didn't know were contagious

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 You know germs can be contagious, but doctors say there are some things you can catch no matter how many times you wash your hands.  

According to Prevention Magazine, here are five strange things you probably didn't know were contagious-- and you can probably relate to at least one of them:

YOUR CO-WORKER'S BAD DAY: If someone you work with is having a bad day, it might rub off on you.  Researchers from Journal Social Neuroscience found that just seeing someone who is anxious increases your stress hormones.  Psychologists say you have to take a moment to tell yourself not to absorb their stress.

A FRIEND'S EXPENSIVE THINGS: A 2012 study says we want what we can't have-- and people consider an object more desirable when they think another person wants it.  This can be true of your friend's expensive shoes-- or even a man!

AN ITCH: Ever watch someone scratch an itch-- and then get it yourself?  Doctors say people often unconsciously mimic others' behaviors, even if it's on a subtle level.  Experts say that is partly how we empathize and connect with people.  

AN IMAGINED ILLNESS: Symptoms of an illness can spread like wildfire.  Researchers call it mass hysteria-- something that spreads as we take behavioral cues from each other.  We take on the emotions of others around us.

FEELING LONELY: You may be able to blame social media if you're feeling a little lonely.  Researchers say loneliness tends to escalate because people are attempting to associate or socialize virtually with other lonely people.  A copycat effect occurs, but researchers say the cure is the direct social contact that we all need.  On the flip side, social media can also spread happiness. 


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