Travis Smith: my resume, bio and photos back to the main blog page

One of the key question people ask themselves, “What makes me happy?” now has a way to find an answer, and even comes with some cool charts.  Here are mine.

There’s a research study at that helps you answer that, based on a cool methodology.  They send you text messages or twitter direct messages, a few times a day.  Once you’ve answered 50 times, they give you some cool charts, and help you understand what actually makes you happy. The only catch is that you need to have a fancy Web phone, or be near a computer a lot.  I think that won’t be too hard for most of you reading this. 😊

Here are some of my charts:

Happiness by Day

Wednesday really is hump day

Happiness by Location

I need to spend more time watching movies on my bike.

Happiness by Who I’m Talking To

Interestingly, I’m never more than 45% happy when talking to someone else.

Happiness by Amount of Sleep
Happiness by Sleep Quality

I’m just as happy on 6 hours of sleep as not, but I often get just 6 hours of sleep. What matters more is the quality of that sleep.

Happiness by Activity

Who knew I’d be made so happy by cleaning and organizing?

Happiness by Being Alone

I’m usually about 60% happy, and it doesn’t matter if I’m alone or not.

Anyway, if you find it interesting, give it a try.


“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?




Add a Comment




Email: (optional)

URL: (optional)

Submit the word you see below:




Your comment:

Remember my personal info

Email me about follow-ups


Syndication Links

Click here for the main
XML feed for this blog.

Column only

Side links only

Quotes only







Los Angeles



Personal 1

Personal 2



Other A-F

Other G-Q

Other R-Z


Tech 1

Tech 2


Vancouver 1

Vancouver 2

Vancouver 3

Vancouver 4


Back to Main


Powered by
Expression Engine


Copyright 1995 - 2024 Apr 16



Want Column?

Enter your email address:

It will NEVER be shared.

You can scroll right easily by holding down the SHIFT key and using your scroll wheel. (Firefox users trying this will end up jumping to old Web pages until a) Firefox releases a fix, b) they change their settings like so.)