Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happiness is Six Hours of Sleep, a Quick Commute, Two Hours Playtime...

Are you as organized as these cats? Then you might like to try
the Daily Record's happiness schedule. From Music Juice.
Today the Daily Record of Scotland reports on a very specific recipe for happiness. Apparently most happy people get six hours and 15 minutes of uninterrupted sleep per night, have a 20-minute commute to and from work, enjoy five cooked meals per week, and get home at 5:42 pm. The data comes from a survey of 4,000 adults.

Of course these results are correlational, so we don't know if this schedule makes people happier, or if happy people just happen to follow this schedule. To test causation, someone would need to ask volunteers to follow the schedule while testing happiness before and after.

You can read the article for the full list. It has 17 items on it and gets very specific. I don't know if it can be put into practice, but you're welcome to try if you want.

1 comment:

  1. Hummm, interesting!!! But would be impossible for some! I only finish work at 6pm so no way I could get home before I even finish... Okay, jokes aside, this is an interesting study. But I feel it's very general. Reminded me how different people supoosedly need different amoutn of sleep to feel rested too...

    I love the organized cats picture haha