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  1. Science

    SoulPancake Examines the Science of Happiness, Makes a Few People Cry Along the Way

    What makes us happy? The University of Pennsylvania did a study to find out, and you can read that study on their website. The folks at SoulPancake didn't just read the study though. They took in it, distilled it, and built on it. What they ended up with is this video.

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  2. Science

    The Best Amount of Sex is ‘More Than Your Friends Are Having’

    How much sex would make you happy? A lot? Some? Any? According to a study from University of Colorado Boulder (CU), the happiness you derive from your sex life is less about how much sex you're having and more about how much sex your friends are having. If you needed any more incentive to starting hanging out with your unattractive friends more often, here it is!

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  3. Gaming

    Old People Who Play Video Games Are Happier, Higher Functioning Than Non-Gaming Peers

    Want to prevent yourself from becoming depressed as you get older? Keeping your video game habit going may be a good first step. A study released this week in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that elderly people who play video games -- even just occasionally -- are more social, better adjusted, and less likely to be depressed than their non-gaming peers.

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  4. Gaming

    Linux and Valve Celebrate Valentine’s Day Together, Steam for Linux is Live

    Hey, Linux users, Valve heard you love games, so they released the official version of Steam for Linux today. To make the deal even sweeter, they're also offering 50 Linux compatible games at 50 to 75 percent off the regular price. Looks like you might have to cancel that Valentine's date tonight. You've got games to play.

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  5. Science

    Money Can Buy Happiness… By Spending It On Others [Video]

    Can money buy happiness? Well, having enough money to keep yourself out of poverty can certainly prevent rampant unhappiness, but a number of studies suggest that, as noted by philosopher-king Biggie Smalls, mo' money can often equate to mo' problems. The fine fellows of AsapSCIENCE are back with another video, this time explaining how money can bring you happiness -- if you spend it the right way. The right way, of course, is on others making others happy by giving to charity or just buying a round for your friends. It's a convenient reminder for annual gift-giving season if we've ever heard one.

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  6. Weird

    Man Finds His Stolen Car 42 Years Later On eBay

    Bob Russell's 1967 Austin Healey 3000 was stolen 42 years ago in front of his Philly apartment, right after his second date with his future wife. You'd think the story ends here, with Bob living happily ever after with the love of his life. Nope. Sequels.

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  7. Tech

    According to Twitter, Everyone Is Getting Sadder

    On a few separate occasions, people have endeavored to use Twitter as a way to track our collective mood across the globe. A team at the University of Vermont have decided to get in there and take another look. Their findings? Everyone is getting sadder. Woo. The way this kind of analysis works is by snagging tweets from the public timeline and taking stock of their emotionally charged words. Said emotionally charged words were determined by volunteers who rated the 10,000 most common ones on a scale of happy-slappy to bummer. Words like "laughter" and "food" are happy words, "greed" and "terrorist" aren't. After the whole analysis, however, it can be seen that the overall saturation of happy words is going down.

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  8. Tech

    Textbook EULA Demands Happiness, Good Life

    At some point in the future, after convergence when we can stream Pandora through our knee caps, Eugene Blanchard will be honored like a demigod for having written the first non-evil End User License Agreement. For the unaware, the EULA is that box that appears when installing new software prompting you to "click accept" before you can proceed. Typically, the EULA shields the software company from just about everything, and places numerous restrictions on the user. EULAs, perhaps by design, are spectacularly long and rarely read. As such they are believed to call for the surrendering of first born children, taking pounds of flesh as payment, and requiring the user's soul to be sent to a P.O. box in Southern California. In short, they are long, legalistic, and thought to be (generally) evil. Enter Blanchard, who published a free textbook on data communications in 2007. His book also included an EULA which also placed restrictions on the user:

    Introduction to Data Communications since Revision 2.0 has the following licensing agreement. You are allowed to use it, view it, modify it without permission of the author Eugene Blanchard, provided that you agree to the following:
    • That you will try to be a better person today than yesterday.
    • That you will exercise your body as well as your mind.
    • That you will tell the persons dear to you that you love them.
    • That you will defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves.
    • That you will not hurt your family members emotionally or physically.
    • That you will respect your elders and care for them in time of need.
    • That you will respect the rights of others in their religious beliefs.
    • That you will respect the rights of others in their sexual orientation.
    • That every man, woman and child has the right to be here and is equal regardless of race, creed or color.
    • That you will act honorably in all aspects of your personal and business life.
    • That your family is first and foremost the most important thing in your life.
    • That when you make a mistake, that you admit it and make amends.
    This book is available online in the hope it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
    Compared to a typical EULA, this is a Fred Penner song performed by a ukelele kitten choir on top of a billion sunrises. A beautiful moment were everything is great, nothing is bad, and the only thing we have to do is have a great day. Thanks, Eugen Blanchard. You're A-OKAY. (Introduction to Data Communications via BoingBoing)

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