Here’s the thing: I’ve always been interested in happiness and the way we go about achieving it. I remember the first time I thought “formally” about happiness–it was in Professor Fischer’s Introduction to Philosophy course, when we discussed Socrates’ views on happiness serving as the highest good, that for which we all strive. It made a huge impact on me, as it made happiness a goal rather than a simple state-of-being.
“iPhone owners could sign up to receive one or more text messages a day. These texts nudged them to visit an online survey to report how happy they were feeling and pick from 22 different choices, including shopping, watching television, or working, to describe what they were doing right then. Subjects also recorded whether they were thinking about that activity or about something else that was pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant.” (Science Magazine.)