Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Who's happier, men or women?

We used to joke on that when we were kids and argued about why should we wear a skirt and not pants. We said that we would have liked to be boys (we=girls) and that this would have made our life easier. Years after we decided we wouldn't have changed this for anything and would have had a laugh remembering how we used to disguise ourselves in boys in order to be allowed to play football :-)

I was reading a nice article today, about American women but some of the traits depicted there are also valid in the European culture. So after years of fighting for their rights are women less happy than men? Is this because the times changed and what seemed to be a reason to be happy years ago is now just a regular possession?

I think the study reflects again that happiness has nothing to do with the rights we have, with the money and status one can get, with the societal development we are witnessing. Sometimes I wonder how many studies will they make in order to discover that happiness doesn' t proportionally vary with all these factors (Not to mention splitting this between men and women...in my opinion men don't tend to over analyze questions and that's why they give pretty balanced and fair answers).
However there are some interesting results in the study that help us understand what was considered to make women happy in the '70 and what is now.

Check the abstract below :-)
By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women's happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women's declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men. These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging -- one with higher subjective well-being for men.

So, what do you think? Who's happier? Happymakers excluded :-)

PS: They don't call women "Drama Queens" for nothing :-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

HappyMaker Wanted!

I heard making people happy is a premium skill these days : hard to find and companies would pay lots of $$$$$$ or £££££ or whatever you please for it :-)
So in case you've always wanted to do that and consider yourself super good at doing it, here are some tips on where to find these employment opportunities. Be a HappyMaker!

(click on the pic to enlarge it)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happiness isn't about "ME"

The June issue of The Atlantic has an article about a 72-year-long study at Harvard about how different experiences affect the health and happiness of people. Video abelow, full text of article here.

Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant.

Happymaking FAVICON

I know it's pretty late but better later than never ;-) So I "just" realized that my dear blog has no favicon (for those who don't know what that is, that's the little favorite+icon displayed next to your blog's name in the browser).

And of course I've chosen the nice green smiley you can see below. Hope this is a nice representation for happymaking & my eco-bio-green way of being :-)
Now, in case you want to have a favicon also and you have a blogger/blogspot account like me, here is how you can do it. And remember, it must be a pic that looks good at a 16/16 size..no fancy art or details ;-)

@silviaemilia #happymaking for my blog :-)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Virtual Culture

Last Friday some IBMers organized a great culture festival @Almaden in Second Life. We had guests both from IBM and also friends or family joining us. There was a great effort in preparing areas representing Eastern Europe, Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, China, Germany and the Native American region but the event was a real success! I personally learned so much about native Americans, Chinese arts, Italian best places to see and Swiss way of doing business. We had live virtual flute concerts, drank cappuccino, ate and drank chocolate at the Swiss house, ran a quiz in the Chinese area and much much more.

You can see the video of the event here (we streamed it live via www.mogulus.com/IBMVirtualWorlds and tagged it with #ibmvcf in twitter)


After 2 sessions I can say that I was pretty exhausted but also very excited and happy. It was a great happymaking for people who wanted to learn more about these cultures, make new friends, grow their IBM network, experience around Second Life and of course have funnnnn :-)

The funniest moment? As I was presenting Germany's region I had the chance to stream some live German music :-)) as there was the Pots Festival in Hannover and a men choir was singing loudly right under my window!

Many thanks to Maria-Izabel, Chris B, Amy, Mihail, Chris C, Wayne, Dario and many more! Let's have another happymaking session soon ;-)

Cheers,
Anthi Arida

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Hairs



Ok after the "Happy Teeth" post this one will not be about how to take care of your hair and make it happy as mine is pretty happy all the time :-)...living it's own curly and rebel life :-)
So I only got this pic from Bremerhaven (Germany). Happy Hair and Happy Weekend ;-)