Get Your Mood On: Part 1

Alexandra Carmichael, Robin Barooah, Dec 19, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The idea of the quantified self is to measure certain aspects of your life and reflect on them, in order to set goals and live a fuller life. It is not for everyone, obviously, and different people are interested in measuring different things. One common think to measure is health and fitness; for example, I use an application called Runkeeper, which tells me I cycled more than 1600 km (1000 miles) last year. I'm quite sure I wouldn't have reached that goal without tracking it.

So the current series of posts is about measuring emotions. The objective, write the authors, is not simply to achieve happiness. That "would seem to be almost disrespectful to the wide range of possible human emotions that lift us up, teach us, and make life rich and varied." Rather, the idea is that "paying attention to how you feel, using all the tools available in our modern world, can help you grow as a human being and ultimately make more sense of your life." Makes sense to me. The series has six parts. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: How Is Mood Measured? Part 3: Preparing Your Mental State Part 4: DIY Mood Tracking  Part 5: Mood Sharing and Experimentation Part 6: Exploring the Future of Mood Tracking).

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