Richard Wiseman completes preliminary Happiness experiment

Last week, I posted a video of Richard Wiseman explaining his Happiness experiment along with links to articles about it.

And today the initial results came in and according to Wiseman, over 26,000 peopleparticipated (I was one of them).

In one part of the project we asked people to carry out one of four happiness boosting exercises and compared the subsequent levels of reported happiness with those using a control technique (simply thinking about the day before). The result show that spending just a few moments thinking about one thing that went well yesterday is a surprisingly effectively way of boosting happiness. Compared to those in the control group, this procedure resulted in a 15% boost in reported happiness. Lots more details here.

And here’s a new video of Wisemen discussing the experiment:


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