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Good News Story Of The Week


A team of researchers at the University of Vermont with nothing better to do, reports the ever popular Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identified about 10,000 of the most frequently used words in 10 languages. They then had a group of people whose languages these represented their mother tongue rate them on a nine-point scale of positivity.  Laughter, for example, scored a reading of 8.50 while terrorist languished with a score of 1.30.

What they found that the mean score for each language across all the words was above 5.0. In other words, our languages are skewed towards positivity or, put it another way, we have more words denoting happy concepts than sad.

The Spanish language had the highest average score for happiness whereas the Chinese language had the lowest score.

Brought a smile to my face, anyway.


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