My happiness project aims to study and to eventually predict my overall happiness. I numerically chart a variety of things in my life, everything ranging from weather, to diet, to exercise. I then give my overall happiness a score, ranging from one to one hundred percent happy. Through this recorded information I am able to graph my happiness to come to conclusions about what makes me happy.
The irony of quantifying happiness by a percentage is drawn out with a long and tedious process to make a playful yet poignant statement about contemporary culture’s need to quantify everything. It also points at the narcissistic tendencies of today’s youth, where looking at one’s self and then displaying it to the world has become a popular and normal pastime (as evidenced by such social networking sites as Myspace and Facebook). My work also places me as the investigator, dismissing all prior notions on the topic. This is how I can be sure that my findings are unique and truest to myself, and not just an internet search result.
The series consists of 52 charts, charting one year of my happiness. A book has been produced which includes all of these charts as well as a worksheet for you to find your own happiness level based on this research. You may view the book in it's entirety here. To purchase a hard copy, please contact Calcagno Cullen directly.