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  1. New Study Suggests That Human Language Is Naturally Biased Towards Happy Words

    Well, that explains Pharrell.

    According to the mathematicians at University of Vermont, the moral arc of the linguistic universe bends towards positivity. But have they been on the Internet lately? Because I feel like it's going to be a very, very long arc.

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  2. Hitachi Has Designed a “Workplace Happiness Monitor”; Just Keep Smiling, Don’t Stop Smiling

    So Hitachi is a Vogon front, huh?

    Are thoughts and emotions your last vestige of freedom in this world? Do you hold tight to your misery because at least that alone is yours and no one else's? Well sorry, Charlie: if Hitachi has its way, your innermost feelings may soon become your boss' business.

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  3. I Guess No One Told Hamlet: Danish DNA May Hold The Secret To Happiness

    But where does feeling like "a room without a roof" come in?

    Denmark routinely tops rankings of the world's happiest nations, but new research shows Danish well-being might not actually stem from the country's social practices (or its excess of warm puppies): economists from the University's Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy released a study this month that suggests the more Danish your genetic make-up is, the likelier you are to be happy.

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  4. SoulPancake Examines the Science of Happiness, Makes a Few People Cry Along the Way

    What makes us happy? Science makes us pretty happy.

    What makes us happy? The University of Pennsylvania did a study to find out, and you can read that study on their website. The folks at SoulPancake didn't just read the study though. They took in it, distilled it, and built on it. What they ended up with is this video.

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  5. The Best Amount of Sex is ‘More Than Your Friends Are Having’

    How much sex would make you happy? A lot? Some? Any? According to a study from University of Colorado Boulder (CU), the happiness you derive from your sex life is less about how much sex you're having and more about how much sex your friends are having. If you needed any more incentive to starting hanging out with your unattractive friends more often, here it is!

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  6. Old People Who Play Video Games Are Happier, Higher Functioning Than Non-Gaming Peers

    Want to prevent yourself from becoming depressed as you get older? Keeping your video game habit going may be a good first step. A study released this week in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that elderly people who play video games -- even just occasionally -- are more social, better adjusted, and less likely to be depressed than their non-gaming peers.

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  7. Linux and Valve Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together, Steam for Linux is Live

    Hey, Linux users, Valve heard you love games, so they released the official version of Steam for Linux today. To make the deal even sweeter, they're also offering 50 Linux compatible games at 50 to 75 percent off the regular price. Looks like you might have to cancel that Valentine's date tonight. You've got games to play.

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  8. Money Can Buy Happiness… By Spending It On Others [Video]

    Can money buy happiness? Well, having enough money to keep yourself out of poverty can certainly prevent rampant unhappiness, but a number of studies suggest that, as noted by philosopher-king Biggie Smalls, mo' money can often equate to mo' problems. The fine fellows of AsapSCIENCE are back with another video, this time explaining how money can bring you happiness -- if you spend it the right way. The right way, of course, is on others making others happy by giving to charity or just buying a round for your friends. It's a convenient reminder for annual gift-giving season if we've ever heard one.

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  9. Man Finds His Stolen Car 42 Years Later On eBay

    Bob Russell's 1967 Austin Healey 3000 was stolen 42 years ago in front of his Philly apartment, right after his second date with his future wife. You'd think the story ends here, with Bob living happily ever after with the love of his life. Nope. Sequels.

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  10. According to Twitter, Everyone Is Getting Sadder

    On a few separate occasions, people have endeavored to use Twitter as a way to track our collective mood across the globe. A team at the University of Vermont have decided to get in there and take another look. Their findings? Everyone is getting sadder. Woo. The way this kind of analysis works is by snagging tweets from the public timeline and taking stock of their emotionally charged words. Said emotionally charged words were determined by volunteers who rated the 10,000 most common ones on a scale of happy-slappy to bummer. Words like "laughter" and "food" are happy words, "greed" and "terrorist" aren't. After the whole analysis, however, it can be seen that the overall saturation of happy words is going down.

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