Word of Caution
- When data is tampered using analysis, outliers are removed and order is enforced through averaging patterns that are inherently chaotic. Sure, there are ways to be precise and accurate, but it comes at the cost of simplicity. We have tried to prioritize simplicity over rigorous statistics.
- Please don't get confused between causation and corelation. One may very rightly observe that people who live long have more birthdays but may wrongly infer that birthdays, hence are good for one's health and longetivity.
- In the context of our study, if you notice say, high CGPA implies high happiness values, the inference could either be 'High CGPA scorers are happier' or 'Happier people achieve high CGPA scores'. We advise you to ponder over both the possibilities as the results are open to interpretation.
- Feel free to report errors, demand clarifications and suggest edits.
It is reasonable to be skeptical of a study titled 'Happiness Trends'. It seems to imply to have measured happiness, and hence more arrogantly, to have defined what happiness is for everybody. We know that happiness is a relative state; it is based on our ever evolving expectations and perceptions. Hence while we sincerely agree that no unique definition of happiness exists, we need some model, even if an imperfect one in order to understand corelations, as opposed to having no model at all.
Researcher David Sze
presents a model of Happiness that we chose to apply in this study. According to Sze, there are three factors that happiness depends on:
- Life Satisfaction
This tells us that what motivates us to stay happy isn't wealth, fame or glory but the end mental rewards we get in the form of more positive emotions, positive moods and fulfillment of Life Goals. Extending this analogy to our context, we wanted a mathematical term that is blind to external factors like CGPA, Department, Friend Circle and only measures the subjective perceptions, moods, and expectations of students.
Hence, we cooked up the Pi Index (affectionately called the Peace Index) to measure these three factors of Happiness. This index is a function of responses to five particular questions that were best indicative of the aforementioned parameters of happiness. Even if you haven't participated in the survey, you can still find out your Pi Index right now and follow along the results.