This summer, smartwatch maker Pebble set out to answer one of life’s burning questions: Just what is it that makes people happy? Launching their very own app (the Happiness App) to kickstart this project, Pebble has spent months curating data that users of Pebble devices and the app have recorded in regards to their mood and energy levels during a given day. Tens of thousands of people contributed to the experiment, noting the things and circumstances that brought them the most glee, and now, Pebble has released these findings. If you’re looking for some tips on your personal pursuit of happiness, read on below to learn what Pebble discovered made for shiny, happy people.
First, let’s break down the obvious. Users of the Happiness app recorded their best, happiest moods when they were spending time with family, friends and loved ones. Anytime people engaged in social events or activities, they normally found these environments to be the happiest. Using this data, Pebble was able to determine two “happy hours” that correspond with a majority of people’s best moods. Data shows that there’s a peak in happiness in the lunchtime hour (no doubt due to the relief of escaping work, school or other obligations) and also around 7pm at night. The theory for 7pm being the happiest of all hours developed because this is the time that most people are off from work and are decompressing from their day, either by relaxing at home or engaging in social activities.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff. Beyond just examining the times and circumstances of what made people happiest, Pebble was also able to cull specific things from user data that made people happy or lifted their moods the most. The number one happiness maker is – drum roll please – alcohol! Yep, booze makes people really happy…at least really happy in a given moment. Most scientific studies balk at alcohol’s role in causing happiness due to the short-lived effect of the emotion it elicits, but nonetheless, if you’re looking to feel much happier in the shortest amount of time, then Pebble’s data indicates your best bet is to imbibe. Along with socializing, other activities and things that elicited better moods were exercising, yoga and meditation.
In a similar vein to happiness, most of these happy-causing culprits also translated into users feeling like they had more energy as well. A majority of users felt more energized after exercising or yoga, with caffeine, alcohol, socializing and meditation also positively factoring into one’s energy level. Makes sense – studies have proven a correlation between happiness and high energy levels, and when we picture happy people, they’re usually brimming with energy. Pebble is hoping that the data and outcome of their happiness project will help customers to understand patterns in their lives and what triggers better moods and stronger feelings of happiness in order to optimize these feel good times. Everyone should take a look at Pebble’s data – come on, get happy!
If you want to get started gauging your overall happiness, download the Happiness app and pair it with one of these three Pebble smartwatches available to rent through Lumoid: Pebble Time, Pebble Time Round and Pebble Time Steel.