Got out the wrong side of bed?

Well, that may be more than “just an expression” according to a study commissioned by the Premier Inn hotel chain who surveyed 3000 people.  Their press release states that those who sleep on the left are generally more cheerful, more positive and “capable of tackling heavy workloads and a stressful day ahead.”  They say that over a quarter of left siders (compared to 18% of right siders) “have a really positive outlook on life in general.”

This was picked up by the Boston Globe  and the Globe and Mail the latter of which has a non-scientific poll which shows left-side-of-the-bed sleepers outnumber right siders roughly three-to-two (43% to 30% as I type this).   This, of course, means that cheery people outnumber grumpy ones, which just makes us grumpy folk more grumpy anyway… perhaps that’s really why I’m grumpy in the mornings?

New Years Resolutions

Possibly an little belatedly, but I think it’s still well worth pointing people at a website that advocates 10 actions for a happier 2012 – a goal which is one that everyone should probably aspire to.  So, what are you going to do to make yourself, your friends, co-workers and family happier over the next twelve months?

In fact, there is a whole field of academic studies centred around Happiness Economics and how you measure and quantify happiness on both individual and societal scales.  Are we having fun yet?

Apparently, Scotland is happier than the rest of the UK according to the latest research, contradicting a previous study which appeared to show that Scots were less happy.  Infinite are the arguments of academics as always.