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Why we are doing this research

We are developing techniques to understand happiness from journal-style text.

What you will have to do

You will recall recent events that made you happy, and write them down. You will find out the type of categories these events belong to.

What you will get out of it

You will learn a few tips on how to be happier based on the Science of Happiness. At the end of the study you will be able to compare your sources of happiness to those of others.

Privacy and Data Collection

Your responses will be kept anonymous. We do not collect any information that could be used to directly establish your identity.


Approximately 8 minutes.

Contact information

If you have questions about this research, you may contact Professor Katharina Reinecke, Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, Box 352350, Seattle, WA 98195,

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions or discuss any concerns about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the University of Washington Human Subjects Division at 206-543-0098 (for international calls include the US Calling Code: +1-206-543-0098).