Observations (Eloina, Ivan, Sha-Kina, Gildaira)

As I walk through the hallways of City Tech on a daily basis, I’ve noticed that it’s atmosphere doesn’t necessarily promote happiness/well-being for its students. The colors of the walls aren’t associated with energy; neither do the lights. I believe that us students need more enthusiastic colors, in other words, brighter colors that will keep us motivated in a way, and in a good mood at the same time. We need colors that will combine to increase the level of happiness and positive energy in the students and in the building, in general. I personally think orange will be a good candidate for the colors that can be used to brighten up people’s spirits in CIty Tech.
It is believed that the color orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. These are all key terms that are very important, because they all have to do with success, which is the main reason why we are all attending college in the first place. These are things that will definitely make one’s college experience better than what it is right now. Not many students are satisfied with the hallways’ atmosphere in City Tech. To prove that, a survey will be given out to at least 30 students to find out what can be done to make student’s college experience better while attending City Tech.
—> Gildaira Saladin.

My group’s research project is the Architectural Structure and how that impacts the student’s ability to learn as well as their happiness involving the school’s structure. While observing the hallways, Ive seen that it partially promotes happiness but most of the time it doesn’t. The colors of the hallways and classrooms can be a big impact on a student’s enthusiasm in attending school and wanting to learn. It’s very dull for a school and doesn’t seem to be motivating. The elevators are also a big issue since most of the time they seem to overcrowded and most students arrive late to class. The fact that there are 3/4 elevators working when there can be 6 could be something that could decrease lateness. Although there are stairs, they don’t seem to be very much of an option for certain students.
One way we’ll approach these situations is by using the surveys and maybe even getting some feedback on what should or would be better to help improve the well-being and happiness of a student throughout the hallways.
—> Eloina Ballinas.

My group has been observing the hallways because we have been researching how architectural structure promotes happiness. We observed that the hallways are very spacious which means that there is a lot of room for students to get by to their classes. There is also a vending machine in almost all of the floors which is very important for students especially when they would like to get a break from class and get a little snack. In some hallways there are three different types of garbage which seems like the school cares about the environment, and the health of students. There are signs that tell the students and staff the room numbers of each side of the hallways. Most importantly there is a lot of signs for events that is happening at campus which is very helpful to interact with others.
Although there might be a lot of positive architectural structures there are many things that the school lacks that would make it a better place to promote well-being. For example there is a lack of outlets. We couldn’t find any on the hall ways or any in the atrium hallways as well. I expected to see more outlets than usual because it is a technology college. The Wi-Fi is a huge issue in general. We have no idea why it is, but it’s been working according to plan. Unfortunately a very important building has been taken down and now students do not have a sports team or a place to socialize more than usual.
—> Ivan Martinez.

Group Survey Questions (Eloina, Ivan, Sha-Kina, Gildaira)

1. Does the atmosphere of the hallways in City Tech promote well being?
Never        Sometimes        Often        Always

2. Do the colors of the walls at City Tech promote a sense of happiness?
Never        Sometimes        Often        Always

3. Is the City Tech environment helpful to study?
Never        Sometimes        Often        Always

4. Do you think this school is a clean facility?
Never        Sometimes        Often        Always

5. Do the elevators help promote happiness?
Never        Sometimes        Often       Always

Class Notes From Tues 11/12

-For the final Research Project, the task is to explore a particular cite in City Tech, think critically about it, and what about it would be the improvement that will lead to City Tech’s improvement/success. When you look at the cite, go into specifics!

-About the Article:
Outdoor/public space places (ex: parks) seems to be the happiest to the people in NYC.
Some problems with the sample are the 1. timing (2 weeks isn’t enough time to determine people’s happiness through their tweets) and 2. The people who are tweeting (which are the only one’s whose opinion matter). Also, people only report what they think is accurate; therefore, what they say/tweet might not always be trued. They may also be using sarcasm.

-Mining – to take out
-Conjecture – a guess
-Unambiguous – clear
-Quantifying – turning into numbers
-Sentiment – emotion or feeling
-Sentiment Analysis – computer technique where the computers read texts ; in this case, positive comments are coded positive and vice versa.
-Code Рhow  things are identified and labeled

-^(The positive comments/keywords in people’s tweets are what lead to a graph (hedonometer) showing what the happiest and saddest places are in NY).
-The hedonometer graph represent waves of happiness indicated by people’s tweets overtime (2009-2013). Overtime because when you look at a data you can’t make a conclusion based on it right away.
-Lastly, tweets had the highest collections in positive words; which is how it was determined that the places mentioned in the tweets were the happiest in NYC.

My Personal Happiest Place in NYC

The happiest place in New York City for me is 42nd Street (Times Square). Times Square is the most touristy area of NYC. There are shops, fast food restaurants, and thousands of people … 24/7.  All the lights, stores, and restaurants bring so much joy and happiness to me ^_^. Although I dislike the huge amount of people thats always around, I love going down there with family and friends, to just hangout and spend quality time with them.
There are so many entertaining places in 42nd, like the famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum,¬†which is always crowded with people from all over. I personally really like going there because the famous figures they have there look so realistic, always attract people and make them want to take pictures next to them.
Although many people, New Yorkers specifically, don’t like going to 42nd Street because of how many tourists are always around, stopping everywhere to take pictures, and make traffic, I personally like going down there because of it’s happy and safe environment. While being down there, you get to interact with many people without even realizing it. Everywhere you go is crowded, which makes one have to say “excuse me”, “thank you”, “please”.. and things like that. Thats already interacting with somebody.
Overall, I believe Times Square 42nd Street makes people in general happy, with its surroundings.

Gildaira’s Experience at City Tech

My experience at City Tech so far have been okay. Coming to college as a 16-year-old was very surprising to people, in general. Not having a long enough break from the transition of high school to college, it has been hard to adapt to the amount of work (assignments and homework’s) I’m given on a daily basis. The amount of work is incredibly different in college. At first, I honestly thought I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with it, but I have. My grades aren’t the best, but I think I’m doing pretty descent for this to be my first year in college; I’m actually doing better than what I was expecting from myself. Everything is just completely different.

College has made me a more social, mature and responsible person. Social because I have to interact with so many people, from different cultures, on a daily basis. Mature because of the responsibilities I’ve been having to take care of, academically. These are things I‚Äôm still getting used to, but will soon be something common to me. So far, I‚Äôve been enjoying this other part of just growing up as a person and as a student.

I also like the effort that I see personally notice in the professors when they’re teaching. I’ve noticed how hard they try for us students to have and receive a better education, and a better understanding of things, and even a better view of the world, in general. I just wish the amount of work we receive would be decreased just a bit (^_^). However, I believe the education offered here at City Tech is very well performed and benefiting. I also think the professors are dedicated and committed to what they do. So, what ultimately promotes my happiness/well-being at City Tech is the type of education I’m currently receiving. On the contrary, what doesn’t promote happiness for me is the fact that there’s no sports teams. I would of never thought I could attend school without being in a volleyball team, having something to do other than academic work.

The ‚ÄúQuantified Self‚ÄĚ

The article “An app for happiness? Somerville to test is out” by Jarret Bencks focuses on the development of a smartphone app, which is intended to increase the happiness of the citizens of Somerville. This is according to an announcement made by the city. To sum up what the app will do in a simpler way, what it’ll do is help users identify their Person Happiness Indicator (PHI) score and connect users to actions that will ultimately increase their happiness/well-being.¬†The app is being created by The H(app)athon Project and it will be released sometime in 2014.

The article “The Happiest and Saddest Places in New York City, According to Twitter” by Brian Merchant emphasizes on the places that are considered the happiest and saddest by the citizens of the city. Researchers at the New England Complex Systems Institute have come up with a geographical quantify on NYC’s happiness; and which they’re doing through Twitter. Citizens of New York will tweet how content they are, and with that data or information, they hope to build a real-time map of who’s happy and who isn’t in the five boroughs, which are Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Citizens have said that the places that make them happy are open spaced places such as Central Park. However, the place that makes the citizens of New York City the happiest is Times Square. This is according to the people’s tweets.

I personally believe that these two articles are good for the people, and the method being used to find out what promotes happiness for the citizens of Somerville and New York City. Technology is used on a daily basis by mostly everybody, and so using it to increase their happiness and well-being wouldn’t be considered a problem since technology is used actively.

Gildaira’s Commandments

1. Always be myself
2. Always set my goals high
3. No regrets, lessons learned
4. Never give up easily, be persistent
5. Accept/face challenges
6. Respect
7. Enjoy life, every second of it
8. Don’t live/focus on the past
9. Don’t take anything or anyone for granted
10. Surround myself with positive influences
11. Work hard to achieve every goal
12. Take physical and social care of myself
13. Focus on my well-being and happiness

“The Happiness Project”

“The Happiness Project” by author Gretchen Rubin emphasizes or her ways and methods to find her own path to happiness. Rubin was not depressed with her life, but wasn’t very satisfied with the way she was living it. She was seeking new methods to make it better. She dedicates an entire year of her life to improving her happiness. Similar to author Rhonda Byrne from “The Secret” piece of literature, she has many other individuals, attributors, give their own interpretation of her work, and giving her credit for it. She is very detailed with the way she spent a year trying to find her happiness and satisfaction within her personal life. Right below the title of her book, The Happiness Project, she also says “Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun”. These are things she did for a year, exploring, trying to find what really made her happy.¬†They didn’t seemed important to her at the time, but somehow ended up making a big difference in her overall happiness.¬†She is trying to tell her readers how to apply her methods of finding happiness to our own lives, in order for us to become happier ourselves.

It’s interesting how her chapters are broken down into months, each title with a topic, which she discusses in each chapter. Her book is basically broken down into chapters that explain what she did over the entire year, when she was looking and exploring for her real happiness.



Advertisement [JetBlue]

JetBlue ad

Source: Google

This image represents a JetBlue advertisement that is intended to promote happiness for it’s customers. JetBlue Airways Corporation, often simply called “jetBlue” is a low-cost airline. It offers flights to many different destinations, serving their customers with free inflight entertainment (movies, tv shows, news, etc..), free brand-name snacks, and soft drinks. JetBlue focuses on the satisfaction and comfort of it’s customers, which is why people return to their airline when traveling. Although everyone has their own preferences when it comes to airlines, many people choose to fly on jetBlue because of the benefits it has to offer. It’s tickets aren’t as expensive as the other airlines’. It also allows passengers to check in one bag free of charge, with a limit of 50 lbs. On other airlines like American Airlines, customers have to pay for every single bag they carry. These are some of the benefits and ways of promoting happiness that jetBlue has to offer to its passengers/customers.

“The Secret”

“The secret” is a piece of literature written by author Rhonda Byrne, which focuses on the law of attraction and its believe of how it is the natural force that governs one’s life. It can be the power, money, and those type of desires you might have. Author Rhonda Byrne is trying to let us, the audience, what the secret really is. It is the “law of attraction”; anything you project into this world, whether its good or bad, will display back into your life. An example of this can be a person having thoughts about how rich they wish they can be; while having money issues. Because they’re thinking about it too much, their mind is just taking over them physically and mentally, while their problem is not even changing. On the contrary, a person that wishes to be rich, and is just patiently waiting/hoping it will happen, might get the desire they want. Although those hopes/wishes won’t happen as fast as the person might want them to happen, it will eventually happen, according to the book. It is all on how you look at things, and in the positive thinking of somebody. Thinking positively will lead you to accomplish the things you want in life. Us human beings are in control of our lives. We might not be able to control our thoughts but positive thinking is what really makes a person happy. Our goal is to always stay positive, and give time to time. Good things come to those who wait.