MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When someone close to you is stress out, does it tend to make your anxiety go up as well?

According to new research, stress could actually be contagious.

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The researchers used pairs of mice, submitted one to mild stress and then teamed them back up.

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Both mice showed the same signs of stress.

The study suggests that stress could be, among other things, a sign of empathy for those around us. It could also be a function of hormones.

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The study said that even if stress is “contagious,” you can avoid catching it by paying attention to your own emotions and taking a step back when confronted by someone whose stress levels are running high.