The Wired Rambler: On-demand Happiness Pill – Fiction Or Data Science?

Look at Facebook or look at Whatsapp and everyone’s peddling happiness. These get maximum likes as well (including mine). But, whose happiness?Isn’t happiness an intensely personal, contextual emotion? A functional of each individual’s temperamental construct, phase in life and context? Maybe why a formula for unbroken, personal happiness has remained elusive.Imagine Dad, Mum, 16ish daughter and 14ish son on holiday. Dad wants to hit a beer when mum wants to hit the spa when son wants to hit the arcade when daughter wants to hit the mall. So is a one-size fits all model for happiness a possibility?The incomplete happiness elephant. Religion tells us to shun and be happy. Epicurus tells us not to shun and be happy. Socialism tells us to share and be happy. Capitalism tells us not…


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