Happiness Apps and Big Data

“The Happiest and Saddest Places in New York City, According to Twitter” written by Brian Merchant is about New York citizens being allow to rate locations that bring happiness or sadness via Twitter, a social networking website for micro-blogging.  The author goes into giving lists of which places where individuals have rated their happiness, such as Central Park and the more nerve wracking places, like one being Penn Station.  Going through these lists, some places like the Holy Cross cemetery were very usual to be on the list.  Assuming that maybe that particular cemetery might be more nicer than others, like the choice of landscaping, and maybe have a more peaceful atmosphere for individuals to visit their loved ones.  When determining the rate that should be given, the geographical locations and scenic surroundings, have a large part to play in the judgement to the chosen locations.  Anywhere that a person goes that can improve the happiness of that individual is a positive place to be because living in a negative surrounding can change someone’s emotion for the worse.  “You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success – or are they holding you back?” – W. Clement Stone

In the article “An app for happiness?  Somerville to test it out” by Jarret Bencks is written about an app that is part of a program called “The H(app)athon Project”.  It starts with a basic survey of information from an individual and determines what activities and services best fit their needs of happiness.  Being that this will be the first city to start off the project, it will be interesting to see exactly how this one app can aid in the well-being of any persons trying it.  To achieve happiness is hard in itself, so having a app that can help to find what fits a person’s wants and needs is one that should be tried at least once.  There’s nothing wrong with being a little adventurous.  Carpe Diem.

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