Two days ago on the 19th June 2009 the Telegraph published an article with the heading “Happiest day of the year is June 19th, according to formula”.
Psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall is credited as the creator of “the complicated mathematical formula” that underlay this discovery and the article also included some of his sage advice on the best ways to be happy this summer.
Here is the formula in full:
O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He.
Put simply, he gave values to each symbol and added being outdoors (O) to nature (N) multiplied by social interaction (S), added memories of childhood summers (Cpm) divided by the temperature (T), and added excitement about holidays (He).
And here are some of Dr. Cliff’s comments on finding happiness:
People may be less able to afford other leisure activities but it’s free to walk in the park or paddle in a stream.
The most important thing in our lives are our relationships – and no amount of money can buy that.
Now, there are several issues that could be taken with all of this, namely: