Based on a talk by Shawn Achor, in which it is claimed that expressing gratitude daily for six weeks will increase a person's happiness and reduce their pain levels significantly, I've begun a habit of finding one person each day to whom I'm grateful in some way and sharing that gratitude with them. When I have contact with the person, I do so directly. When it's someone famous (whom I can't visit or call directly) or someone who's no longer with us, I express it here in the blog.
I'm measuring pain levels with the standard physician-style 0-10 level, with 0 being no pain and 10 being the highest level of pain I've experienced. Happiness is tracked using the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire.
Here are the results to date:
- December 28, 2015: OHQ Score 2.34, Max pain level 6
- December 29, 2015 - January 3, 2016: OHQ Score: 2.2 average, Max pain 5.4 average