Friday, July 31, 2009

Happiness Equations (2)

A simple equation has been suggested for happiness (H), by Gottlieb and Rosenau, in a conference paper.

H = k (A – E)

Where, k = Proportionality constant (essentially how much a person cares about something); A = Perceived actual state of reality; E = Expected state/place in life.

According to this equation H depends only on the difference between A and E and how much one cares about that difference. It does not depend on the absolute level of A and E.

An equation has been devised by Dr. Cliff Arnall to calculate the happiest day of the year.

H = O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He

Where, O = Outdoor activities (and being outdoors); N = Nature; S = Socialization; Cpm = Childhood positive memories (including those of childhood summers); T = Temperature; He = Holiday expected fun (excitement)


Mridula said...

Are you in academics, if I may ask?

VS said...

I have tried to keep it very simple. Any suggestions?