LinkedIn Users Express Happiness

With Absolute confidence, I can tell you that you are happy right now, or sad, or neither…

What – you don’t believe me?

Actually, two thirds of you are happy – and that’s a reasonable place to be isn’t it? And maybe LinkedIn has something to do with it…

Asking two questions

Yes, I did it again – because it seemed silly to ask one simple yes/no question… I can’t believe the pollsters that ask questions with only one answer really mean to be polling at all, you know, the questions like “Do you think the next Libertarian presidential candidate with a platform trying to do away with large government contracts to big business has a chance of winning?”

Oh – but wait – those kinds of polls aren’t really polls at all, they’re just trying to scare a particular segment of the population into voting for the preferred candidate, the one not holding that opinion…

Anyway – the results were easy to figure out as there were four and only four ways to answer the poll.

Charts and such

So yes, the options of Happy, Sad, Both Happy and Sad, and Neither Happy nor Sad covered the bases. (It didn’t list them, but Happy meant Happy and Not Sad, and Sad meant Sad and not Happy – but to interpret it any other way wouldn’t make sense with the “Happy and Sad” option listed right below…)

The feedback on last month’s pie chart was through the roof – “We want more pie!” came through loud and clear. (either that, or the kids were responding to my baked goods)

In any case, I’ve got another pie chart here – but just the simple 2D version…

Last month’s question – visitors were asked to respond to this:

The Happiness Scale… Are you Happy? Sad? Neither? Both?

Image with results of happiness poll

Results of Happiness Poll

Just look at that!

Two thirds of the respondents indicated that they are happy! (notice, you can add the blue and orange together to see that it is just about 2/3rds of the pie)

Less than a quarter are sad! And if you take out the segment of people that are both happy and sad (yes, they’re conflicted, but at least they’ve got something to be happy about), less than 10% are truly sad.

That’s pretty amazing, don’t you think?

I’d like to think that the majority of the people are happy for a good reason – like what they read on this site caused them to be happy at that very moment! (And just shush up about the sad people – I’m sure they were not at all saddened by the site – it must have been some other factor weighing them down at that moment…)

And some people are just making their way through – that’s ok, nobody’s happy all of the time. Well, maybe some people are, but it’s pretty hard to do. You’ve got to study with the Dalai Lama, attend the Happiness Institute, or do something else along those lines – maybe I’ll write more on that some time. (I do not claim to have achieved this, but I’m trying to be happy more often – it seems to be a worthy goal!) ((Notice how often I’m able to use exclamations in this post – that’s wonderful!!!))

LinkedIn use – maybe that’s really got nothing to do with it, or more happy people use it. (because the unhappy people can’t be bothered to interact with the rest of us;-)

Next up – What about this Daylight Savings Thing?

It’s March – and much of the world is turning clocks ahead – isn’t that exciting!?!

Well yes – I think some people do it, some people hate it, and some just don’t give a hoot.

I generally don’t try to influence voting results, but I’ll say up front that it seems quite wasteful to let the sun rise at 4 in the morning and set at 8 at night. I mean – couldn’t we do something with those extra hours? (and it’s not like anybody is going to get up earlier in the morning just because the sun is up – that’s crazy talk!)

I’ve got an interesting tidbit about ancient time keeping that puts a new slant on things – but I’ll share that when we’re done taking the poll.

Find it just over to the right and up.

To your continued success,

Steven Tylock