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Academia and Silicon Valley are in a race to see who can solve life’s most important problems first.
Currently, the Valley is ahead, having shown you how to make pictures that look like they were taken 40 years ago.
However, academia is catching up, by bringing conclusions to life’s most pressing questions.
I am, therefore, moved beyond safe levels of self-expression on hearing of a piece of research from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
It set out to discover the true depths of what makes us happy and unhappy. What could be more fundamental than that?
Apparently, psychologists agree that there are three dimensions of happiness-seeking: through pleasure, engagement, and meaning.
The intellect behind this research, the happily named Carsten Grimm, decided to use text messaging to delve into people’s inner triggers.
He told the Daily Mail: “I texted people three times a day over a week and the response rate was really high.”
I am assuming these people knew he’d be texting, otherwise these would have been even weirder than … [Read more]