I recently completed the happiness study, collecting 50 samples via my iphone multiple times per day over the course of several weeks.
Here are some of my results:
My happiness level positively correlates with my focus and productivity (that seems right!).
I’ve been thinking about this and realizing that it is a happy mood that makes me focused and productive more than the other way around (it’s really hard to be productive when in a bad mood). So what I really want to know is: how do we cultivate good moods?
For me, I think it has to do with a combination of getting enough sleep, eating healthily, interacting positively with people, exercising, doing yoga, feeling autonomous, learning something new, and the absence of physical pain.
This study found that listening to certain music and watching funny videos elevates people’s moods, which then increases creativity (which is related to focus and productivity). So maybe listening to Pandora or watching YouTube isn’t a distraction or waste of time… maybe they actually change our moods and help us use our time better!
What do you think — what changes your mood?