next meetup / mood experiments

From: Michael N.
Sent on: Friday, March 30, 2012 3:16 PM
Hey there Boston Quantified Self list,

The QS has been somewhat quiet here for the past few months. I recently got together with Jackie Thong from UbiqiHealth . and we were brainstorming what a good next meetup for the QS would be. One thing we talked about was how well we both felt last year's sleep experiments meetup went, and we thought it would be interesting to try out another group experiment.

As we were discussing, we realized that mood is a rich topic, with many possible ways to measure and even more ways to potentially intervene. Thinking on this, we came up with the following idea -- 

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The month long mood meetup:

Participants will conduct an investigation into their mood for 30 days, from April 15 - May 15. At the end of May, we'll have a meetup to hear what people did.

How to measure mood is up to the participant. This could be something like a simple journal or daily 1 - 10 scale, a google doc, one of the many apps out there -- it's really up to the participant.

And the project itself could be observational (like noting how the weather affects the mood) or based around an intervention (how trying out a new activity or supplement affects mood). (There might be more forms of experiments out there as well :)

There are plenty of sources online for ideas about how to alter mood. One quick collection of anecdote's is the stories posted to the Quantified Self blog about mood.

The Boston QS mailing list will serve as a forum for anyone with questions or thoughts about mood experiments. Toolmakers who have a tool relevant to recording or improving mood should feel free to email the list to invite people to try it out for the month. Similarly, anyone who would like to find other people to try an intervention with, in the vein of a small group experiment, should feel free to look for fellow participants on our mailing list.

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I think that about covers it. Feel free to pass this on to anyone who you think would be keen, and if you are interested in doing a mood experiment (or need help fleshing out an idea), please send me an email with a short description of it. 

I'm excited to see where this goes and hopeful that it will yield a rich meetup come May. Let me know what you think!

-Michael

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