London: Feeling happy today? Well, that’s because it’s the happiest day of the year, says a psychologist.
Dr Cliff Arnall, a former Cardiff University lecturer, used a mathematical formula to calculate that things, which make us feel good such as sunny evenings, blooming flowers, holiday anticipation and fond memories of childhood summers are at their peak today.
The happiness formula, where a value for being outdoors (O) is added to nature (N) multiplied by social interaction (S), added to childhood summer memories (Cpm) divided by temperature (T), and added to holiday excitement (He) produces the 3rd Friday in June as the peak happiness day.
“Around 20 million people will watch England v Algeria on TV, and a win would mean millions being on a high even higher than is seen among most people at this time of year,” The Daily Express quoted Arnall as saying.
“The third Friday in June came out with the highest rating due to peaking happiness factors such as warm summer evenings outdoors, seeing friends more frequently, and excitement about holidays.
“Society is becoming more materialistic, with people wanting to keep up with the Joneses. People shouldn’t be asking ‘How much do I earn?’ but ‘How happy am I?’ The best piece of advice I can give is work less and spend more time with people you love. That will make you happiest,” he added.