Guest Post: Live a Contagious Life

Emily Sirkel

The guest author this week is Emily Sirkel, my writing partner, collaborator, web admin, tech support, and unrelenting taskmaster! Read Emily’s blog at or follow her on Twitter: @EmilySirkel


French actress and writer Sarah Bernhardt once said, “Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” This famous quote has been interpreted in multiple ways over the years, but considering the indomitable spirit and vibrant energy that Sarah exuded, I believe this statement reflects the idea that what you put into life determines what you get back – so give it your all!

Have you ever “caught” a seemingly contagious sour mood from your spouse, or noticed the positive energy of your coworker wearing off on you? Have you ever woken up in the morning with a groan and the prediction that it was going to be a bad day and were proven right? Have you ever treated an acquaintance you disliked with courteous deference until you realized you were actually starting to enjoy their company?

I’m not a scientist or a psychologist, but I find it remarkable how significantly our attitude can affect our actions, and our actions affect our attitude. Similarly, it’s incredible how much we influence, and are influenced by, those we spend time with. I find myself even being affected by pets – having a “blue” day? Take an energetic dog to the park and the only blue left by the end of your day will be the sky. It’s amazing to me how that works!

So, “Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” The energy, effort and enthusiasm we put into life determines what we get back – and is often reflected right back to us by the people whom we are influencing.

What are you putting into your life? How are you influencing those around you and how are those around you influencing you? Live a contagious life, exude positive energy, and invest generously in those within your sphere of influence – you’ll be impressed by the results!

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