These Are Some Simple Things That Can Make Us Happier

July 7, 2015

4:00 pm

It seems that something as minor as leaving work at the end of the day can put us in significantly better moods. That’s according to a recent analysis of user data from Jawbone, the audio and wearable tech company behind the popular Jawbone UP activity tracker. In a recently published blog post by the company, they look at the primary contributors to increases in our moods – determining various factors that make up human happiness.

Looking at data from hundreds of thousands of UP wearers, Jawbone was able to observe how factors like sleep, time of the day, and amount of physical activity affect their users’ moods. Overall, the company analyzed more than 5.6 million mood entries and 80 million nights of sleep. There were some surprising (or maybe unsurprising) things from the data, especially when surrounding sleep and its ties to mood.

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The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night in order to sustain brain health. According to the data from Jawbone, though, it seems that users reach peak happiness between 8 and 9.5 hours of sleep – happier than those who got less than or more than that amount. The company also found that getting an extra hour of sleep compared to the amount you usually get could result increasing your day’s happiness by 5 percent. Additionally, people recorded that they were up to twice as unhappy when they’d lost two hours of sleep.

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Other observations from Jawbone included things like a correlation between number of steps taken throughout the day and level of mood: with more steps come improved happiness. The company also found that users, overall, were much more happier over the weekends than throughout the workweek (understandable, considering…well…work); this relation between mood and work was further supported by data that showed an improvement in mood during the time of the day when people typically leave work (between 5 PM and 7 PM).

The data from Jawbone helps to point out that technology can help us to keep track of our moods and overall state of health while in the process of trying to succeed in our professional lives. Check out some ways technology can help you achieve work-life balance.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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