Good Vibrations

By Guest Columnist: McKenzie Kantra

Have you ever gotten a good feeling just from being around somebody who’s happy?  Well, it turns out that there is actually a scientific answer to why you feel that way. It’s called “sympathetic resonance.”

We all know that objects can pick up on vibrations from objects that are near them, such as a window rattling when a loud car comes booming down the road.  Also, when two guitars are placed close to each other, and a particular string is plucked on one, the same string on the nearby guitar will also vibrate. While these phenomena are somewhat strange and interesting, it is even more interesting that researchers are discovering that humans do the exact same thing.

In people, it isn’t nearly as obvious, but everyone understands the feeling of picking up on someone else’s mood.  We know that moods rub off on the people we’re around. I know that when I’m unhappy, people around me seem to always know.  Not necessarily from any particular thing I do, but just because they can feel something I’m feeling.  This projection of a feeling is often referred to as a “vibe.”  Each individual radiates a certain energy based on their personality and how they’re feeling emotionally at any given moment.  You’ve probably also heard of somebody’s “mojo,” which is another word for somebody’s energy, vibe, aura, personality, etc.

Scientists that study attraction refer to this energy as our “vibration.”  They report that people are attracted to one another based on the initial feelings they get when they are around one another…just like the guitar strings mentioned above.  The vibe of a person has a lot to do with the amount of chemistry people have, and whether they enjoy each other’s company or not.

These vibes are not something that we emit consciously, nor can we stop ourselves from emitting them. They are generated subconsciously by our mood and personality.  And you don’t have to be psychic or skilled to feel these vibes.  Yes, some people may be more keenly tuned in to how others feel, but everyone knows the feeling of being affected by another person’s mood.

The energy that flows through us constantly is in the form of vibrations. Scientifically, the happier a person is, the higher the frequency of their vibrations. The opposite is true as well; the more upset, sad, or angry a person is, the lower the frequency of their vibrations.  Some people naturally vibrate at a higher level, while others vibrate at a lower level.  This can determine the nature of an individual; whether they are mostly happy or depressed, optimistic or pessimistic, and on and on.

People who have occupations doing what they love tend to feel generally happier than do those who don’t.  Research has shown that these happily employed people emit happier vibrations than do their unhappily employed counterparts.  My parents are both psychologists, and they both say they love doing what they do.  My mom especially loves her yoga therapy groups…I think because of the positive vibes she gets from them.  While certainly not a scientific study, without them saying that they love their jobs, it is very obvious to that they do, because when I’m around them they almost always give off good vibes. I guess it’s not a surprise that I, too, am studying to be a psychologist!

The whole idea of sympathetic resonance is fascinating.  And although we can’t choose whether or not we send out vibes, we do have some choice about doing or not doing what brings us true happiness.  Be happy and send out happy vibes – others will feel it and send it back to you!

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5 Responses to “Good Vibrations”

  1. I found your post on “vibes” to be really cool! I’ve always been aware of having a sense of what other people are feeling. Your information tells me what this feeling I have is all about. Great read!

  2. Sherilyn McNally says:

    This is so true. My best friend makes me happy because she always smiles and hugs and exudes friendliness. I love being around happy people. I come away happier and with a swing in my step! Happiness is contageous and I like to catch it!Very interesting points in this article by McKenzie Kantra.

  3. This post was mentioned on Twitter by Phyllis Mufson said: RT @phyllismufson: Good Vibes – how we pick up other’s moods – about Sympathetic Resonance from @PsychDigest http://bit.ly/bQjWqn

  4. This is so true. My best friend makes me happy because she always smiles and hugs and exudes friendliness. I love being around happy people. I come away happier and with a swing in my step! Happiness is contageous and I like to catch it!Very interesting points in this article by McKenzie Kantra.

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