On happiness….I think that the definition of being happy is absolutely relative and appears in infinite colors and shapes.
It depends on your hole life events and on your future expectations, which I believe also come in infinite colors and shapes.Time is also very important, the time something lasts as a sensation of happiness is also very diverse.
I think that there is no absolute happiness, I would say that there is more of a tranquility feeling after certain moments of happiness. The satisfaction (or memory) of having achieved something out or lived an experience is a lot more lasting that the happiness sensation that was felt in a certain moment. That doesn’t mean that one is more important that the other, they cant be separate. I would look forward to having happy moments as often and diverse as I can, I also think that this doesn’t come easy.
The theory of cost and benefit is very shallow, I liked the end part on the Q&A part of the lotery debate, where the person from the audience said that people are not stupid, the do things for their own reasons, and many might seem stupid to most of us. The scale of pleasure, tranquility and happiness is different, but you are allways shooting for what could make more happy, given the circumstances, or the environment.
As with reality, this debate of what is happiness and can we be happier, can get very religious or philosophical…I would like to think of it as biological and psychological… what makes you feel good, your brain, is hand in hand with your experiences since you were born (your family, your house, your surroundings, and relationships).
The other sensation of happiness, the FLOW, is what can be achieved by training, practicing, concentration, meditation, or even drugs. I see it as a more mature form of searching and achieving that good biological sensation, from having done something or lived the FLOW experience (without judging how it would be more morally correct to achieve it). Flow comes with the years, after you can comprehend or even master something.
But maybe FLOW comes with us since we are born, but we just forget on our process of being shaped into traditions and culture….sometimes taking us from a more humane basic instincts.
Being informed, having curiosity, dedicating time and just being a good human being help achieve more of this moments in every day things.
ON DATA Collecting:
I used the GSR sensors, and walked around with the Arduino taped to the laptop and the laptop on my backpack, turned on and running the program. There was only one day that I was hooked up for over 5 hours. I logged the data while skateboarding, while on the train, walking on ITP shop and in class, eating, sleeping, and shopping.
I also kept track of the activities with time so I can relate them on the graph. I want to be able to map sensations while doing other activities, like skateboarding and being scared or being on the FLOW.
I have not jet plotted the info