Friday, June 23, 2006

Oh, Happy Day: In The Form of An Equation

Today was your happiest day of the year, right? If yes, solve for the "X". If not, check your variables.
Cliff Arnall has analysed such factors as outdoor activities, nature, social interaction, childhood memories, temperature and holidays -- data gathered over a period of 15 years in interviews with 3,000 people around the world.

His conclusion: June 23 is the happiest day of the year.

Here's Arnall's simple equation: O + (N x S) + Cpm/T + He. Solve, and check your work.

Even if your answer was "right," did you get there the correct way? Or would you be better off not showing your work, or reviewing your process?

Or does the equation not fit the applicable question, to begin with, and/or facts at hand?

Update: And, darn it: Yes, I did update this post to put the time back to the actual "when" it was posted in Midwest time, the ticking by which I live--when the "today" part still obtained!