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Unread 3rd August 2009   #1
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Science of Happiness

Online bid to cheer up Britain

Britain could be a happier place thanks to a unique psychological experiment aimed at spreading smiles around the country.

Thousands of peopleare being invited to go online and try one of four proven mood-boosting techniques.


The idea is to plant seeds of happiness which then "infect" others, sending waves of cheerfulness across recession-hit Britain.

A national poll conducted before and after the experiment will assess whether it has worked.

Professor Richard Wiseman, who is leading the study, has high hopes that it will, if enough people participate.

"It's well known that happiness is catching," said Prof Wiseman, from the University of Hertfordshire. "We hope to spread happiness around the UK. No-one's ever tried cheering up a whole country before, and it's the right time to do it with everyone feeling gloomy from the recession.

"Whether or not it will work depends on how many people take part. I've no idea what the tipping point is. Potentially somewhere like London, which is densely populated, you might find people smiling a lot more. It's a mad idea but it might just work."

For the experiment to succeed, at least 10,000 people need to take part, said Prof Wiseman, adding: "We're hoping for more than that."

From Monday, anyone can join in the study by visiting the website www.ScienceOfHappiness.co.uk.

Participants will be asked to rate their mood and then be randomly assigned to one of four groups.
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And who is paying for this experiment?

Come on here for nothing and get both a smile and some advice
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lesley I agree, someone has been paid good money for this rubbish, ok everyone point your dustbin towards the north and rays of excitement will flow into your home.
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You may be right - but what our country needs in the midst of this filthy weather & lousy recession is plenty of POSITIVE MENTAL ATITUDE, if this daft scheme helps put a smile on a few thousand peoples faces it must be good thing. Spreading a little happiness is better than worrying about a pandemic of flu.
The cost, if there is one is insignificant compared to the millions supporting the ailing banks. The 'happy effect' on people can only have a positive outcome = helping improve productivity
to dig us out of this doldrum.
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Ha Ha he was on the radio at dinnertime he said gripping a pencil in your mouth can make you happy, what a plonker what about giving you lead poisening.
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Ha Ha he was on the radio at dinnertime he said gripping a pencil in your mouth can make you happy, what a plonker what about giving you lead poisening.
why would gripping a pencil in your mouth gonna make you happy? maybe it is the amazing feeling this gives you from chewing wood
So tomorrow i am gonna be in a FANTASTIC mood as I am gonna chew a plank a nice piece of 3x2
mmm anyone know where the local wood yard is?
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Apparantly by putting the pencil in your mouth it stetches it into a smile.
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You could nip across the road for a peice of wood Paul but they would probably sell it you thats depressing
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Ha Ha he was on the radio at dinnertime he said gripping a pencil in your mouth can make you happy, what a plonker what about giving you lead poisening.
Hubby says gripping a pencil in MY mouth would make HIM happy - thinks it will shut me up
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