So many interesting things to chew on here:
- Married people are 10% happier than unmarried people, but having a child reduces happiness by one-quarter of 1% on average. Hmmm… doing the math (tapping finger on temple).
- Happiness is maximized at, get this, 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Current outside temperature in Minneapolis is -11 degrees Fahrenheit. Do they even do studies measuring people’s happiness at negative temps?
- If 94% of people in Iceland say they are happy and the warmest day of the year on average is 57 degrees Fahrenheit, does happiness decrease at the same rate when the temperature increases or decreases by one percentage point?
- I’m writing this up at 2am because I can’t sleep. Would my questions be stated with more positive words if I read this infographic at 2pm?
- I’m way behind my 100 hours of service in the community. Time to get moving!
From the Tumblr desk of our executive editor trentgilliss.
Evaluating a Potential Guest
Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Our colleagues at Marketplace are conducting a day-long conference called Moving by Degrees, which “brings the nation’s top scientists, policymakers and business leaders together with reporters from public radio and commercial stations from around the nation.” One of the voices we’re paying attention to is Elizabeth Kolbert, an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker.
The live video stream should be up any second (it was scheduled for 1:00 pm Pacific). Listen in and help us evaluate whether she might be a guest on Speaking of Faith. What do you think?