The Happiest Character on Seinfeld was …

Happiness by Season

... Kramer! Ohhh YEAHHHHH! Whether he was analyzing underwear performance ("My boys need a house!"), advising a friend on marriage ("Is it alright if I use the bathroom now?"), or unabashedly offering his honest opinion ("You just need a nose job!"), Jerry Seinfeld's awkwardly outspoken neighbor brought the funny. Inspired by writer Larry David's real-life neighbor Kenny … [Read more...]

Hedonometer 2.0: Measuring happiness and using word shifts

Word shift for Robin Williams's death

With our Hedonometer, we're measuring how a (very capable) individual might feel when reading a large text—a day's worth of tweets from New York City, the first chapter of Moby Dick, or the music lyrics from all UK pop songs released in 1983. We'll describe two fundamental pieces of the Hedonometer in this post: How our simple measure works; … [Read more...]

Exploring Hedonometer 2.0’s global Twitter time series

Word shift for Robin Williams's death.

In this post, we'll run through the basic features of our new interactive happiness time series for Twitter. We'll first use words and pictures to orient your experience, and then finish with a video explanation. Our method for measuring happiness, which we describe in a companion post and more fully in our foundational papers, relies on perceived happiness … [Read more...]

Hedonometer 2.0

Geography of Happiness for the US

Over the summer of 2014, we have worked very hard to bring many new pieces to our Hedonometer, and we're pleased to tell you about what we've done, and where we're going next. All along, one of the central goals for the Hedonometer has been to provide a new instrument for society's dashboard, one that measures population-level happiness in real time from … [Read more...]

How does movement influence your daily happiness?

Imagine commuting an hour to work, one way, grinding through miles of traffic to get from your suburban home to a desk job in the big city. Excited yet? Ok, now imagine that you lead a life of leisure traveling the world. You fly coast-to-coast to see a concert, soak in some culture, and drink fine wine. Does this lifestyle seem more appealing? Lets try to quantify the … [Read more...]

Now Published: The Geography of Happiness

Today we're pleased to announce that our article "The Geography of Happiness: Connecting Twitter sentiment and expression, demographics, and objective characteristics of place" has been officially published by PLoS ONE.  We wanted to tell you about one key piece we've added to the paper and an unusual new Twitter account we've created. After our three blog posts (which … [Read more...]

Where is the happiest city in the USA?

(Update: this work is now published at PLoS ONE) Is Disneyland really the happiest place on Earth?* How happy is the city you live in? We have already seen how the hedonometer can be used to find the happiest street corner in New York City, now it's time to let it loose on the entire United States. We plotted over 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 (all our results are in … [Read more...]

Hedonometrics

Our paper "Temporal Patterns of Happiness and Information in a Global Social Network: Hedonometrics and Twitter" appears in PLoS ONE this week. Their blog encourages you to tweet for the sake of science! Among other findings, in this paper we demonstrate that human ratings of the happiness of an individual word correlate very strongly with the average happiness of the words … [Read more...]

Happy and we know it

Science Magazine published a piece today framing twitter as a laboratory for research, Social Scientists Wade Into The Tweet Stream, including the above figure showing our hedonometer's measure of happiness in 2011 as a function of day. Dodds was also interviewed by Science for their weekly podcast, and by Benedict Carey for a New York Times piece, Happy and You Know It? So Are … [Read more...]