Today’s happiness and positive psychology stories from around the world

Today’s happiness and positive psychology stories from around the world

Research by University of Vermont scientists shows an unexpected new way to measure the nation’s mood. And the nation’s newspapers and bloggers are paying attention.

Peter Dodds and Chris Danforth, applied mathematicians working in UVM’s Advanced Computing Center, have built a “hedonometer,” _ã” a data-mining technique for measuring the happiness expressed by millions of blogs, Twitter tweets and song lyrics.

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Evaluating the happiness of an entire society is tricky_ã_after all, the traditional survey-based method of collecting data doesn_ã_t work for such a huge population. But now scientists say they have come up with a way to quantify the well-being of a society: by analyzing song lyrics and blog posts for emotionally charged words, according to a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Among their findings, researchers determined that bloggers in their 50s and 60s are most content, and that popular music has become increasingly less happy since the 1960s.

To evaluate the overall happiness of the public, researchers pulled data from nearly two-and-a-half million blogs and 230,000 song lyrics…to read more – click here

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