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U.S. population growth slows

July 27, 2017

???Negative days typically arise from unexpected societal trauma due for example to a natural disaster or death of a celebrity,??? wrote the study authors. The day the world learned of the death of Osama bin Laden ranked as the day of the lowest level of happiness, judging by the frequency of negative words like ???dead,??? ???death??? and ???killed.??? The Chilean earthquake in February 2010 also ranked low in happiness, as did the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the October 2010 slew of storms in the U.S.  Declines in happiness were also evident after news of the U.S. economic bailout and the spread of the swine flu.

The researchers are quick to add that feelings change quickly and the nature of happiness is one of the most complex, profound issues of human experience. ???There is an important psychological distinction between an individual??ôs current, experiential happiness and their longer term, reflective evaluation of their life,??? they write in the study, ???and in using Twitter, our approach is tuned to the former kind.??? ???By measuring happiness, we??ôre not saying that maximizing happiness is the goal of society,??? Dodds concludes. ???It might well be that we need to have some persistent degree of grumpiness for cultures to flourish.???

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