We are all going to turn to dust and our vanity is so often just in vain, but being kind is actually one of the things that has a little bit of meaning, isn’t it? Being nice to the people around you. That is one of the things that is really worth fighting for. Everything else is vanity.
James Allen, the train dispatcher at St. Albans station 

How to Make Good Memories in the Worst of Times

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One time, I called my psychiatrist on the phone and upon his picking up, I said, “Hello doctor, this is Ann Hedonia.”  The joke being that my name is Ann and that he knew I was in the lower depths of depression and might find my pun amusing.  I knew intellectually that it was funny, but it brought me no pleasure or laughter.

Indeed, Anhedonia is no laughing matter, as this absence of ability to experience happiness, joy or pleasure goes hand in hand with the diagnosis of depression - and enjoyment and engagement with people, places and events is a basic requirement for a full and happy life.

So what is there to do about the dark, joyless times that may befall us?

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Welcome to MoodPanda’s new Blog Author - Annie!

imageAs part of our push to build TeamPanda, we’re very happy to welcome Annie on board!

Annie is a retired English teacher and writer in Michigan and mother to a college-aged son and two Siamese kitties.

Annie will bring you  fascinating posts about Family, Mental health, and Happiness, and we’re very proud to have her on board

Welcome to TeamPanda, Annie!


Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

New Blog Format - Ready for TeamPanda!

We’ve been super busy this week - organising our new Panda Team! They will be dedicated to sharing awesome articles, information, pictures and generally making your day brighter. 

First things first, we’ve launched a new blog format (Like it? Leave a comment below), ready for the exciting new blog content that the Creative Team will be sharing with you all!

Watch this space for announcements on the new team :-)

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

The worst is almost over for those sitting exams - stick with it for a few more weeks and you’ll (probably) have a happy green summer ahead!Above is a graph of MoodPanda users’ posts talking about their exams, and their corresponding happiness. The graph shows 3 years data gathered from hundreds of thousands of MoodPanda happiness updates.It’s clear to see the Summer exams trigger the most MoodPanda activity, with a noticeable happiness slump as the exams approach and revision begins - but thankfully the average happiness quickly recovers and increases massively during and after the exams - when all the hard work has paid off. There’s another activity spike during the August re-sits, which starts to drag people’s happiness down again, but then in September happiness soars as the year’s exams are all out of the way - phew!Sadly the Winter exams don’t seem to have this recovery, with constantly low average happiness, really slumping in November, followed by months of unhappiness around exams until May. 
Leave comments below - why do you think there’s such a slump in the Winter exams compared to the Summer?
MoodPanda is a happiness tracking website and App, to help people track and share how they’re feeling with a lovely, friendly and anonymous community of people - be a part of it at moodpanda.com
To those in exams, stay calm and focussed, and read these top tips for success on the day
GOOD LUCK, FROM MOODPANDA!

The worst is almost over for those sitting exams - stick with it for a few more weeks and you’ll (probably) have a happy green summer ahead!

Above is a graph of MoodPanda users’ posts talking about their exams, and their corresponding happiness. The graph shows 3 years data gathered from hundreds of thousands of MoodPanda happiness updates.

It’s clear to see the Summer exams trigger the most MoodPanda activity, with a noticeable happiness slump as the exams approach and revision begins - but thankfully the average happiness quickly recovers and increases massively during and after the exams - when all the hard work has paid off.

There’s another activity spike during the August re-sits, which starts to drag people’s happiness down again, but then in September happiness soars as the year’s exams are all out of the way - phew!

Sadly the Winter exams don’t seem to have this recovery, with constantly low average happiness, really slumping in November, followed by months of unhappiness around exams until May. 

Leave comments below - why do you think there’s such a slump in the Winter exams compared to the Summer?

MoodPanda is a happiness tracking website and App, to help people track and share how they’re feeling with a lovely, friendly and anonymous community of people - be a part of it at moodpanda.com


To those in exams, stay calm and focussed, and read these top tips for success on the day

GOOD LUCK, FROM MOODPANDA!

MoodPanda delivers happiness report to Channel 4 News

Today, in our quickest turnaround ever, we delivered a bespoke happiness report to ITN for Channel 4 News [uk] in just a few hours, for an article on how the heatwave we’re experiencing here in the UK has affected our happiness

You can read the article using our analysis at 
http://www.channel4.com/news/heatwave-hot-why-sun-happy-reasons

If you are looking for bespoke global happiness reports for press, research or analysis, contact us chiefpanda@moodpanda.com

Thanks! And enjoy this sunshine!

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com


Watching Sad Movies Actually Makes You Happier

From bawling your eyes out over Bambi as a kid, to the slow, painful tug of the heart strings that was Beginners, most of us are suckers for a sad film. But a new study suggests that the reason for that might be incredibly simple: It turns out that sad films make us happy.

The research, carried out at The Ohio State University, tried to get to the bottom of our emotional reactions to sad cinema. To do that, researchers sat down 361 college students and made them watch the 2007 movie Atonement. That flick, in case you missed it, features two separated lovers who die as war casualties. That counts as sad.

Before and after the viewing, the participants were asked how happy they were with their life, and during the film they were also asked to rate their current emotional state.

The result? People who experienced the greatest increase in sadness during the movie reported increased life happiness after viewing it. They also rated the film as being better.

Read more at Gizmodo.com

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com