“Quantified Self”

Somerville is collaborating with The H(app)athon app to increase the happiness of different people. The H(app)athon app conducts surveys which determines a person’s over all happiness and well being. People are not scored on their happiness but are given pictures that are suppose to display their happiness at that time.The survey takes about two weeks to complete and through its course direct messages will be sent to the survey takers.”The first prompt is designed to gauge your actions/mood during the day, and the second at night (our “Daily Diary”)”. This app is created to help people realize what makes them happy as well as what they can do to achieve a higher level of happiness. Officials believe that new ideas and techniques in order to reach happiness will emerge from the app. According to Mayor Joseph Curtatone, “It’s an ambitious idea. But I know that the data will help us run the City as much as it will help
residents find resources that they might not know about otherwise.” The H(app)athon Project is planning to start in 2014.

Hedonometer.org is using Twitter to measure how people are feeling at the moment. The happiness that is measured is determined by what people tweet that day.The Daily Happiness Averages for twitter from September 2008 to the present has dropped significantly.

Researchers at the New England Complex Institute are trying to find out people’s happiness by looking at NYC’s geographical happiness and to compare them to different places around the world. Karla Bertrand, Maya Bialik, Kawandeep Virdee, Andreas Gros and Yaneer Bar-Yam created a map that shows where the majority of the happier tweets are in the world and the angrier tweets. Central Park is said to be a very happy place because the tweets that are coming from there by the people are blissful. Other places that are said to have the happiest people include, Marcus Garvey Park, Astoria Park, Times Square and Prospect Park. Some of the places in the world that don’t promote happiness include the Brooklyn Bridge, LaGuardia Airport, and Penn Station. It is important for city officials to pin point what is causing happiness and/or anguish in their city, so that change can be implemented to ensure better living situations and promote happiness for the people.

 

The Happiness Project

The Happiness Project written by Gretchen Rubin is about Rubin’s journey to find happiness.  Even though Rubin explains that she was not depressed, she still wanted to improve her life and be able to say that she is completely happy with all the aspects of it. To help her become more happy with her life she came up with resolutions that she would follow everyday in order to do so. These resolutions include her Twelve Commandments and the Secrets of Adulthood. The resolutions were the things that she chooses to live by because she believes that they will help change her life for the better. Some of the resolutions include “Let it go, Be polite and fair, People don’t notice your mistakes as much as you do and By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished”(p.10-11). Towards the end of the year Rubin did struggle with keeping and successfully following her resolutions because she felt that she was not getting happier. However she tries harder to follow her resolutions and did and by doing so she did achieve happiness. “Even if I didn’t do a perfect job with my resolutions, I did do better, and the more I kept my resolutions , the happier I was(p.287). Everything is not perfect and Rubin insists on trying and that in turn improves her life and the way that she looks at different things. She also explains that what makes her really happy is refraining from nagging, drinking and gossiping among other things. She cut certain things out of her life that she suspects is hurting her and lives by her resolutions which helps her become more content and appreciative of the  different things in her life.

iPod & iTunes : Billboard Advertisement

iPod & iTunes : Billboard

iPod & iTunes : Billboard

September 26th, 2009 by Bibhuti

The billboard advertisement is basically trying to persuade people into buying the iPod. The billboard shows an abundance of  different album covers of songs coming out of the device, which makes people think that they can download whatever and how many songs they want to the iPod. The message that it is sending to people is that an individual no longer has to buy albums in order to listen to music. People can now download all the songs that they want to this little device and be able to listen to them whenever they want.  To many people, music brings happiness and relaxation all around the world, it can also in many different ways help people express themselves.  Keeping track of all the albums one may have before they even knew of the iPod can be difficult and has been to some people and that is why the iPod is looked at as being convenient. What also draws people to this advertisement is that they see all of the songs going into the device which is also very tiny. People do not always want to have something so big and bulky on them all the time as to where it becomes difficult to move around with them. The iPod is small and light weight which will make even more people interested in buying it. The creators of the billboard are aware that music brings happiness people and they are using that to their advantage in order sell the device to the public.

 

The Secret

The Secret is a book written by Rhonda Byrne that explains how easy and effective it is to bring happiness and prosperity into ones’ life. Many people may be wondering what the secret is and how can this secret change lives for the better. Well, the secret is the law of attraction. Anything one projects into the universe will end up coming right back to that person, whether it be negative or positive. For instance if a person is constantly worrying about money issues, that person will continue to have money issues because these thoughts are taking over their mind. On the other hand if a person is not wealthy, but they believe that one day that they are going to be, it will happen. It may not happen as fast as people would like it to happen, but the book assures that it will.  The key happiness, wealth and prosperity can be achieved by thinking positive thoughts and believing that these things that you want to accomplish in life will happen. The book explains that people are in control of their lives and as well as their thoughts. Positive thinking is the key to being happy and will help people to live  the life that they always wanted to live. Negative thoughts have the power to manifest themselves into things that people want to avoid in their lives, but because a person thinks about these negative thoughts over and over again they may become this persons’ reality. In order to live happier and better lives one must think positive thoughts and truly believe that  their goals are in reach, rather than looking at them as being unattainable.

Visions of Well-Being in NYC Mayoral Revision

In Gowanus, Brooklyn Bill De Blasio gives his victory speech  and explains the things that he wants to change and improve. Before De Blasio gives his speech his daughter, Chiara, introduces him. When he comes on stage he thanks his family and everyone who has been working with him during his campaign. Then he begins to say that due to 9/11 the affordability of houses has dropped significantly and expensive homes are being built in place of hospitals. He also addressed the issue of the stop and frisk policy that some police officers have been following also known as racial profiling and  hurts our communities. Lastly he goes on to say that we are New Yorkers and we strive to live the best way possible and some people may call us crazy and selfish to want to do so.De Blasio states,” And there are those who said our ambition for this city is too bold. That we’re asking of the wealthier New Yorkers too much.”(14:41-14:53) He explains that we aren’t asking for too much and our ambition isn’t too high because we are New Yorkers and “thinking big isn’t new to us.”(15:33-15:37

Bill De Blasio’s goal of happiness is to make life better for New Yorkers. He spoke about these luxury homes being built in place  for hospitals. If this continues to happen a lot of people are going to die because they are not going to get the proper care they need when sick or battling a disease. The affordability of houses has gone down and as a result, there are a few people who can actually  buy these houses, in turn forcing people to live in shelters or elsewhere. Racial profiling should not be something that is happening like De Blasio stated nor should  it be looked at as being  normal. De Blasio wants us all to live comfortably and be happy and content with our lives.

Joe Lhota’s Speech is given in Midtown, Manhattan. He thanks his family, friends all the people who have been supporting him through the campaign.He then goes on to say that they need to unify and strengthen their party so that they can improve their communities or anything they want to change for the better. “Now is the time for our party to come together and unite for the common good.”(2:55-3-05) He also acknowledges why he wins and lists four things, “issues, visions, principles, and experiences”(3:29-3:34). He says that he focuses mainly on the issues of the people and commits himself to trying to better the people’s circumstances, no matter how big or small. He also explains that New York is a city where anything is possible and he wants to give everyone the same opportunities he had growing up like furthering their education after high school by going to college.for instance. He also elaborates on how we need to keep our city safe and says that will only happen if we support and trust in the police.

Joe Lhota’s view of happiness for New Yorkers  is to keep us safe and to provide for us the different opportunities and privileges that we should be entitled to, like being able to go to college. To help entrepreneurs create new businesses he wants to cut some of the taxes that we have to pay so this can happen.

Bill De Blasio,a democrat and Joe Lhota, a republican have different and similar ideas of what they believe they need to accomplish to make life better for New Yorkers.  In De Blasio’s speech he not only thanks everyone who assisted him during the campaign but also readdresses some of the issues New Yorkers have been having. Joe Lhota’s also thanks his family, friends and others who helped him through he campaign process.  Joe Lhota wants the stop and frisk policy to continue because he believes it’ll help make New York safer, while Bill De Blasio expresses his  concern about how this can negatively affect our city. Like De Blasio, Lhota also wants to make it easier for people to live here by making houses more affordable and to improve our schools. Lhota also speaks about wanting to expand charter schools and wanting us to be more active members of our society.

 

Visions of Well-Being in NYC Mayoral Candidate Speeches

Bill De Blasio’s Speech

In Gowanus, Brooklyn Bill De Blasio gives his victory speech  and explains the things that he wants to change and improve. Before De Blasio gives his speech his daughter, Chiara, introduces him. When he comes on stage he thanks his family and everyone who has been working with him during his campaign. Then he begins to say that due to 9/11 the affordability of houses has dropped significantly and expensive homes are being built in place of hospitals. He also addressed the issue of the stop and frisk policy that some police officers have been following also known as racial profiling and  hurts our communities. Lastly he goes on to say that we are New Yorkers and we strive to live the best way possible and some people may call us crazy and selfish to want to do so.De Blasio states,” And there are those who said our ambition for this city is too bold. That we’re asking of the wealthier New Yorkers too much.”(14:41-14:53) He explains that we aren’t asking for too much and our ambition isn’t too high because we are New Yorkers and “thinking big isn’t new to us.”(15:33-15:37)

Analyze

Bill De Blasio’s goal of happiness is to make life better for New Yorkers. He spoke about these luxury homes being built in place  for hospitals. If this continues to happen a lot of people are going to die because they are not going to get the proper care they need when sick or battling a disease. The affordability of houses has gone down and as a result, there are a few people who can actually  buy these houses, in turn forcing people to live in shelters or elsewhere. Racial profiling should not be something that is happening like De Blasio stated nor should  it be looked at as being  normal. De Blasio wants us all to live comfortably and be happy and content with our lives.

Joe Lhota’s Speech

Joe Lhota’s Speech is given in Midtown, Manhattan. He thanks his family, friends all the people who have been supporting him through the campaign.He then goes on to say that they need to unify and strengthen their party so that they can improve their communities or anything they want to change for the better. “Now is the time for our party to come together and unite for the common good.”(2:55-3-05) He also acknowledges why he wins and lists four things, “issues, visions, principles, and experiences”(3:29-3:34). He says that he focuses mainly on the issues of the people and commits himself to trying to better the people’s circumstances, no matter how big or small.

Analyze

Joe Lhota’s view of happiness for New Yorkers is to do whatever makes them feel happy and address the issues that concern them. He was very general, so I do not know exactly what he wants to focus on to improve the lives of New Yorkers. He also didn’t seem very happy or enthusiastic when giving his speech, but more serious and firm.

Compare/ Contrast

Bill De Blasio, a democrat, gave a more in depth victory speech compared to Joe Lhota’s, a republican. In De Blasio’s speech he not only thanked everyone who assisted him during the campaign but also readdressed some of the issues New Yorkers have been having. Joe Lhota’s speech was mainly him thanking everyone and expressing how he wants to unify and strengthen his party so that he could beat De Blasio in November. De Blasio also seems a little more enthusiastic and happy then Lhota in his speech. Both speeches were good, but Bill De Blasio’s was not only a thank you speech , but also one talking about the issues New Yorkers are facing today

 

How Happy Are You? A Census wants To Know

The How Happy Are You article is about the people of Summerville, Massachusetts expressing through a survey, how happy they are with their lives as well as how they feel about the schools in the area,  the affordability of houses and etc. in their own neighborhoods. This survey was taken in the spring of 2011 and approximately 7,500 residents returned their surveys. One man responded to the survey by saying his rate of his own happiness was a six because he wanted to learn to speak fluently in Quechua and be three inches taller. A woman named Vanessa Langerman said that she agreed with the survey because it is important to accommodate people’s needs and feelings about the things they wanted to change or improve about their lives or the way that they are living. Langerman wasn’t the only resident who felt good about the survey, but  other people did as well because they felt like it was good that the city was actually listening to the concerns of the people and were willing to change some things to help residents feel better and live a little better. Summerville officials hope to continue the survey over a longer period of time and compare theirs to other surveys in other towns that are close to them.

[Revision for Th 9/12]

The article “How Happy Are You? A Census Wants To Know” by John Tierney, is about the residents of Somerville, Massachusetts who express their happiness and feelings about their neighborhood in a survey. The survey is answered by a sample of 76,000 people who are asked questions about how happy they are with their lives at this very moment. In the survey people are also asked to rate the schools in the area, how easy it is to live in the area, the efficiency of the police force and etc. People respond by rating their happiness from a range from one to ten and also list some things they like and dislike about Somerville. Others respond by sharing things they want to change about themselves. The city officials are hoping to gain knowledge about the things people want to change or improve and track their residents’ happiness and compare them to neighboring communities.

Reflection

I wanted to revise my summary because I learned in class that some of the details that I was including in my summary weren’t necessary. I was also not speaking in present tense, but past tense because of the date of the article. I also learned my thesis statement is suppose to include the title of the article and the author’s name.