I hope this guy’s making a good living…

by kelly

. . .he’s certainly providing me with some¬†entertainment.

After a long week (fun, busy last weekend, followed by stomach flu, manifested by one day flat on my back in bed longing for good health, followed by gradual return of good health focused toward catching up on urgent projects at work), I decided, this fine Friday evening, to take stock of what might be going on in the world (or at least on the Internet). 

And what to my wondering eyes should appear but (on one of Paul’s favorite surf sites, Yahoo’s most popular news items for today,) an article about this Friday – today – June 23, being the happiest day of the year.

Hmmm.  I was in a pretty good mood today.  So I read on.

Wait a minute.  The article talks about a researcher (Mr. Cliff Arnall) who has a formula to prove that today is the happiest day of the year. 

It’s as easy as “O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He” you see.¬† Well, of course!

Now, it occurred to me as I read the article that I’ve seen this kind of mood formula before.¬†

In fact, I opined about being a mere statistic after I learned that I booked a cool vacation trip on a cruddy day in January that was alleged to be both the worst¬†mood day of the year and the day on which people book “paradise” getaways more than any other day of the year! (It’s true.¬† Check out my old post right here).

So I had to look back at the old post and see the name of the researcher quoted there. 

And yes.  It was no coincidence!  (Or was it?!)  The man who made a statistic out of me in January was the very same man now being quoted about Happy June 23. 

So hat’s off to Mr. Cliff Arnall.¬† I’m going to be keeping an eye out for him.

And from now on, all January 24s and June 23s will be marked with the appropriate notations on my calendar, too!

Here’s the story:

Friday is happiest day of the year, British scholar finds


Fri Jun 23, 8:49 AM ET   

Feeling more happy than usual this particular Friday? You should be, according to a scholar in seasonal disorders at a British university.

Cliff Arnall has analysed such factors as outdoor activities, nature, social interaction, childhood memories, temperature and holidays — data gathered over a period of 15 years in interviews with 3,000 people around the world.

His conclusion: June 23 is the happiest day of the year.

“People across borders experience happiness when they meet with friends and family and establish close social relationships,” the University of Cardiff academic told AFP. “We need some close emotional ties.”

He used what he considers a “simple equation” to reach his conclusion — O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He.

O stands for outdoor activities, N for nature, S for social interaction, Cpm for childhood summers and positive memories, T for temperature and He for holidays and looking forward to time off.

Arnall has already figured out the saddest day of the year. It was January 23 — a Monday. “Surprise, surprise”, he quipped.¬†


One Response to “I hope this guy’s making a good living…”

  1. Kelly Says:

    Oh, look. Another blogger is watching Cliff Arnall too (although a bit more critically): http://www.twindx.com/2005/06/cliff-arnall-is-full-of-shit.php