Monday, November 29, 1999

Now, a formula for happiness!

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A British psychologist claims to have created a happiness formula to calculate the things which could make people feel good such as blooming flowers, holiday anticipation and fond memories of childhood summers.According to reports, 45-year-old former Cardiff University lecturer Cliff Arnall has attached numbers to the factors and created a happiness formula - O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He. This means - when a value for being outdoors (O) is added to nature (N) multiplied by social interaction (S), added to childhood summer memories (Cpm) divided by temperature (T) and added to holiday excitement (He) then the third Friday in June comes out as the optimal day for peak happiness.Dr Arnall, who runs happiness coaching clinics for health professionals and businesses, said"The third Friday in June came out with the highest rating due to peaking happiness factors such as warm summer evenings outdoors, seeing friends more frequently, and excitement about holidays."Dr Arnall advised people to focus on happiness rather than material gain. He said: "Society is becoming more materialistic, with people wanting to keep up with the Joneses. People shouldn't be asking 'How much do I earn?' but 'How happy am I?' The best piece of advice I can give is work less and spend more time with people you love. That will make you happiest."

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