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Take a Look At These Fascinating Happiness-Related Word Clouds.

A thoughtful reader sent me the link to Michael Kelley’s piece, “Scientists Used Facebook for the Largest Ever Study of Language and Personality, about a fascinating study done by University of Pennsylvania researchers, “Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media.” They used 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances taken from Facebook, from 75,000 volunteers,  to analyze …


Secret of Adulthood: Most Decisions Don’t Require Extensive Research.

Further Secrets of Adulthood:   Agree, disagree? Whether or not research is required, some people love to do research. A desire to do extensive research may be related to whether you’re a satisficer or a maximizer, or where you fit in the Four Rubin Tendencies of Upholder, Questioner, Rebel, or Obliger. (Yes, for lack of a better label, I’m calling …


Why the Internet Makes Me Happy. Also Drives Me Crazy, But Makes Me Happy.

People talk a lot about the happiness risks of the internet, such as how online shopping or celebrity news can suck away our time, or how Facebook can foster comparison with other people. The internet amplifies aspects of human nature, so I try to watch out for its bad effects. But I also remind myself of how happy the internet …


Don’t Fall Into “Decision Quicksand.”

I’m always gratified when I learn that one of my Secrets of Adulthood reflects not merely my idiosyncratic experience, but also has some science behind it. For instance, one of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Most decisions don’t require extensive research. I came up with this Secret of Adulthood to remind myself not to squander my time and energy on …


Cultivate Good Smells.

One of my latest, and favorite, happiness resolutions is to Cultivate good smells. I’d never thought much about the sense of smell, but after some research — and just paying more attention — I realize how critical this sense is to my feelings of vitality and enjoyment. It’s a cliche to “stop and smell the roses,” of course, but just …