Money. Cars. Sex. Accomplishment. Things. They all make us happy. But drugs and alcohol and addiction all feed the dopamine meter too. So what truly makes us happy? Panoply made this animation detailing a guide to happiness and it’s a fun watch, just to see the cool animation.
Elena Rogova's Appearance and Reality is a clever short story that tackles something we can all relate to: the difference between the feelings we show to the world and our hidden true feelings. It's like as we grow up, we put on a mask to suppress our feelings to look cool or appear strong or whatever. Screw that.
Like anyone, I suppose, I take great pains to avoid humiliation. But as a fat person, humiliation is built into my everyday existence—just living in my body is coded as humiliating by the culture at large—so when I was younger, I always went out of my way to be more in control of my image than I needed to be. More…
Well, that and know a lot about the subject of your predictions. That's the idea behind new research coming out of Columbia, which claims people who trust their feelings are more likely to make accurate predictions than those who don't.
Chao & Eero Jewel from Finland made these hilarious emoticon rings that show happy faces, smiling eyes and other forms of emoticons in ring form. Nothing like expressing your feelings right on your sleeve, er, finger these days, right? Though I do wish I could get a stone face or cry face ring for those darker days…
How's the world feeling right now? There's only one way to find out—build yourself one of these handsome Arduino-powered, Twitter-parsing LED mood lights.
The Twitter Mood Light is better than a mood ring because it's actually a reflection of how people are feeling. As its creator explains: