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A Note Written by Einstein on How to Be Happy Just Sold for $1.5 Million Dollars

Albert Einstein was in Japan on a lecture tour in 1922 when he gave a courier a signed note describing his theory of happiness, as he did not have the money for a tip.

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Happy Anniversary, Double Rainbow Guy!

So intense.

It was six years ago today that we denizens of the Internet were treated to one of the most genuine explosions of happiness ever recorded on film. Yosemitebear62 viewing a double rainbow across the sky.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Textbook EULA Demands Happiness, Good Life

At some point in the future, after convergence when we can stream Pandora through our knee caps, Eugene Blanchard will be honored like a demigod for having written the first non-evil End User License Agreement. For the unaware, the EULA is that box that appears when installing new software prompting you to "click accept" before you can proceed. Typically, the EULA shields the software company from just about everything, and places numerous restrictions on the user. EULAs, perhaps by design, are spectacularly long and rarely read. As such they are believed to call for the surrendering of first born children, taking pounds of flesh as payment, and requiring the user's soul to be sent to a P.O. box in Southern California. In short, they are long, legalistic, and thought to be (generally) evil. Enter Blanchard, who published a free textbook on data communications in 2007. His book also included an EULA which also placed restrictions on the user:

Introduction to Data Communications since Revision 2.0 has the following licensing agreement. You are allowed to use it, view it, modify it without permission of the author Eugene Blanchard, provided that you agree to the following:
  • That you will try to be a better person today than yesterday.
  • That you will exercise your body as well as your mind.
  • That you will tell the persons dear to you that you love them.
  • That you will defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves.
  • That you will not hurt your family members emotionally or physically.
  • That you will respect your elders and care for them in time of need.
  • That you will respect the rights of others in their religious beliefs.
  • That you will respect the rights of others in their sexual orientation.
  • That every man, woman and child has the right to be here and is equal regardless of race, creed or color.
  • That you will act honorably in all aspects of your personal and business life.
  • That your family is first and foremost the most important thing in your life.
  • That when you make a mistake, that you admit it and make amends.
This book is available online in the hope it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Compared to a typical EULA, this is a Fred Penner song performed by a ukelele kitten choir on top of a billion sunrises. A beautiful moment were everything is great, nothing is bad, and the only thing we have to do is have a great day. Thanks, Eugen Blanchard. You're A-OKAY. (Introduction to Data Communications via BoingBoing)

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