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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The three times people are happiest

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According to a new UK study involving Apple and the London School of Economics — reported by Hannah Thomas at Marie Claire — people are happiest when they are having sex, exercising, and visiting the theatre. Sure, the having sex part is a no brainer. The exercise part is a bit surprising; people are often pretty happy when they've finished exercising — your feel-good hormones are coursing through your body and you have a great sense of accomplishment — but the during part can be quite a struggle. And the theatre? Hey, I like theatre — but I only get there a few times a year, and I imagine only very few people make it part of their regular routine.

The study, which is largely based on updates, via an app, by 45,000 iPhone users regarding levels of contentment, also determined that people are happiest during midday on Christmas. I guess this is while you're still riding a high from opening a bunch of presents, but before the extended family has arrived? (No mention, though, of how non-observers of this particular holiday are feeling around this time.) People were also found to be very happy on bank holidays — a paid day off work is pretty universally seen as a treat — and generally happier on weekends.

And the unhappiest time? Around 8pm on January 31. No explanation for why this particular date was the least fun, but it's easy to speculate about the gloom and isolation that can set in mid winter. Further, working, commuting to work, and standing in line were found to be the least happy-making activities. No mention, though, of one of my all-time, least happy moments: when you're standing in line, during your commute to work, and someone cuts in front. It's a triple threat, in the worst possible way. exercise, happiness, happy, holidays, sex, work


Leslie Gomez- COM 101. Sec. 4041 said...

Very interesting. I found it really cool that one of the top 3 was when going to a theatre. I feel like going out and watching a good film is definitely something that most people can agree that they enjoy, it should be done more often! Sex is a given, it stimulates happy hormones. Love is happiness. I have found that exercise can make all the difference in my entire mood for the day. The days I am healthy and workout- my body is happy. The days that I sleep in, I am in a rut allll day. After exercising is when I have my most happy, powerful, positive thoughts.

dulcenea leae com101-4041 said...

I agree that going to the theatre is an enjoyment and excercise. I've noticed that when I do make an effort to workout and put in my 110% i do feel happier because I accomplished something in my day rather than just sitting around all day expecting something to happen. Sure need to make that a habit.

Alexis Donovan 4041 said...

When i am going to the theatre i am SO excited, especially if i pick the movie! Plus you get to have lots of junk from the concession stands.. i wouldnt think that would be number 3 though! what about playing a sport? unless they consider that as exercise

Maura Goldberg COM101 6002 said...

That all makes pretty good sense to me!

Nick Pellegrini Com101-6002 said...

The theatre statistic was very shocking to me. Personally, I don't care for Winter or the entire month of January (besides New Year celebrations), haha.

Anonymous said...

Before I even read the article I knew a few of the answers just by reading the title. Ha Ha. Very interesting finding; however, I feel people should be happier more often. There is so much to be happy and thankful for. I know I need to be less pessimistic and more optimisitc, for there are many people in the world who are in worse situations.

Angelina Gomez
HN 4041

Luisa Galdamez Com 101 Sec HN 4041 said...

hahaa ok sex..yes.. excercising ..yes.. but theater nope not for me..especially with the quality of movies nowadays.

Dane Gerace com101 6002 said...

I heard this on the radio one morning. Jan 31st is when it hits that the holidays are over and its really cold outside. Im not that excited to go to the theatre I honelty don't like paying the prices, well except for Tuesdays at the Rave, its only six bucks then.

Anonymous said...

Nice, so that's the reason why I'm super lazy any grumpy went I don't do my morning workout.
Juan Garcia
University of phoenix

Anonymous said...

Madison Harper com 101 4044
That is the most random date and time to be the most unhappy. I don't remember being really bummed out at 8 on jan. 31st lol