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March 19 2015
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Links from the studio: How to design a happier life. #InternationalDayOfHappiness

Are you happy? Although happiness is something we all strive for, achieving it is actually quite difficult. Could we use design to help make our lives happier?

Definition: Happy – a feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.

Last month I emailed around our studios a fastcode article by Elizabeth Segran on;‘ How to intentionally design a happier life’. Segran talks about Paul Dolan, a professor at the London School of Economics, a government policy advisor, and one of the world’s leading happiness scholars (I wish I had that job). After decades of studying happiness, Dolan has developed a happiness formula based on a simple concept: pay more attention to the everyday experiences that give you pleasure and purpose and then do more of them.

Perhaps a perfect application (finally!) of wearable technology, would be something that could monitor our happiness levels, make us more aware of when we’re happy, and suggest ‘happiness’ activities. At the very least, let’s take some time on March 20th, #InternationalDayOfHappiness, to consider what makes us happy and then do more of those things. I’ll be meeting up with friends to down… sorry sip, Cucumber Martinis at my favourite cocktail bar in London! How would you design a happier life?

Tweet @pddinnovation #internationaldayofhappiness with your answers.

For your enjoyment, here are a few more links sent around our studios last month.

From: Emily L.
Subject: An eyeball implant that fixes a very common ailment.

From: Robbie W.
Subject: Microphones which mimic ears to reproduce 3D audio accurately.

From: Katrin D.
Subject: Skin-based wearable with potential to revolutionise pharma and cosmetics industry.

From: Susie Q.
Subject: Inside Levi’s comeback plans.

From: Fabien S.
Subject: Eat yourself younger! The world’s first beauty chocolate.

From: Heather Mc.
Subject: Coffee’s great, U.S. Panel says in official diet recommendations.

From: Susie Q.
Subject: Sixty-Six shades of skin – tapping the multicultural beauty market.

From: Katrina D.
Subject: Hear New York City in 3D audio. (Video)

From: Susie Q.
Subject: Is ‘Innovation’ overrated?

From: James L.
Subject: The little robot that keeps time on your whiteboard.

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@pddinnovation

Languages spoken: Global.
The last thing that inspired me: Design and Innovation.
My dream project: A project that makes a difference in the world.
My obsession: Develop successful, award-winning and world-first products and experiences.

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