A Friendwheel - 'Talisman to Happiness'
So what has that do to with gardening? well, writing this blog has opened my eyes to the amazing interconnectedness of all of us gardeners around the world.
Blogging has made me realize that the '6 degrees' is most certainly true. Now a very smart and talented person named Jurvetson on Flikr has diagrammed his connections with 400 friends in a colored spiralgraph, he calls a 'friendwheel'.
...the emergent eye could be a talisman to happiness, recalling this research conclusion:
“A person's happiness is related to the happiness of their friends, their friends' friends, and their friends' friends' friends—that is, to people well beyond their social horizon.
Each additional happy friend increases a person's probability of being happy by about 9%. Happiness, in short, is not merely a function of personal experience, but also is a property of groups. Emotions are a collective phenomenon.”
WOW! happiness is a property of groups....a collective phenonmenon.
Well then, I am going keep conversing with my internet gardener pals wherever they are...and I will be a much happier person for it. Kudos to you, Jurvetson!