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For a relaxing vacation, look to the data. Sunday August 7, 2016

Moodscope was mentioned on 5th August in an article in the Wall Street Journal about how more people are using personalised data to help them unwind more efficiently while they are away.

Steve Jonas, a Senior Editor of the website Quantified Self Labs is a Moodscope user, here's what he had to say:

"When I'm on vacation and see that my mood is many points higher than normal, it reinforces how much I'm enjoying myself."

It's an interesting article, not just about measuring mood but self-tracking in general, here's the link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/for-a-relaxing-vacation-look-to-the-data-1470428178

I know many Moodscopers stop measuring their mood when they are on vacation.

What do you think? Good idea, or not for you?

Caroline
The Moodscope Team


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Hopeful One Sun, Aug 7th 2016 @ 7:55am

Hi Caroline- thanks for drawing attention to this article in Wall Street Journal(WSJ). To be mentioned in a prestigious publication like WSJ is a define plus for MOODSCOPE .

I have yet to embrace technology like Flatbit though I can see its uses. its important to remember to keep a sense of perspective before one becomes obsessed with the numbers.

I would like to know if there is a Flatbit that measures laughs? I reckon the more you get each day the better one's mood.

The barkeeper asks the guy sitting at the bar, "What can I get for you?" The guy answers, "A scotch, please." The bartender hands him the drink, and says "That'll be five dollars," to which the guy replies, "What are you talking about? I don't owe you anything for this." A lawyer, sitting nearby and overhearing the conversation, then says to the bartender, "You know, he's got you there. In the original offer, which constitutes a binding contract upon acceptance, there was no stipulation of remuneration." The barkeeper was not impressed, but says to the guy, "Okay, you beat me for a drink. But don't ever let me catch you in here again." The next day, same guy walks into the bar. Bartender says, "What the heck are you doing in here? I can't believe you've got the audacity to come back!" The guy says, "What are you talking about? I've never been in this place in my life!" The bartender replies, "I'm very sorry, but this is uncanny. You must have a double." To which the guy replies, "Thank you. Make it a scotch."

The Gardener Sun, Aug 7th 2016 @ 8:53am

Oh HO - daily injection of humour goes down with the calcium pill! I have not been on holiday since starting Moodscope, but I've always kept a personal diary. The end of every holiday would have hit rock-bottom on the Moodscope scale. Mr G is now in a permanent state of acute anxiety - but it is only an extreme state of a life-long habit. The last nights of vacations were often spent with me in floods of tears in our bedroom. Mr G would start panicking about our departure (very often on package tours, where all the hassle fell on the organisers, we only had the waiting about) the day before. He was so nervous we often did not go to the final 'do', or go to our favourite restaurant - and I would look bitterly at my prettiest dress, and feel like a Victorian waif as I could hear the sounds of revelry which we could not go to. Looking back I think a successful holiday - seems a contradiction in terms - is when you are longing to get back to your daily 'round'. Not that the holiday was a failure, but you've had fun, re-charged the batteries, and are looking forward to work because you have chosen well, and your non-holiday life is GOOD, and not something to get through before the week-end or next holiday.

Otir Sun, Aug 7th 2016 @ 3:05pm

I never stop tracking my moods. Never have since day 1 when I started using it (I even remember that the date was December 6, 2010...) It has been a life line since I am not on medication and it has been my actual thermometer: the measures show me exactly what I need to do to keep myself out of slipping too dangerously into the depth of the swings (I have bipolar type disorder).

As for vacation, truth to the matter, even if I can remember the date I started using Moodscope, I cannot remember the last time I actually enjoyed vacation, maybe in July 2010? which was before I discovered Moodscope.

Anonymous Sun, Aug 7th 2016 @ 3:25pm

Dear Caroline,
Thank you for inviting us to comment on the use of personalised data. In many situations, self-tracking provides a benchmark, from which one can evaluate personal progress and set goals e.g. controlling one's bodyweight or building up stamina to run a marathon. Moodscope is hugely helpful to measure my mood regularly and to keep track of thoughts and actions which may impact upon the trajectory of my monthly graph. Sometimes, it helps me too to troubleshoot if I read the signals correctly. As Moodscopers, we are frequently reminded, "to try to use Moodscope every day for the best results", which (if possible) must mean on holiday too. However, I beg to disagree with Mr J's over-simplistic view that simply having a higher Moodscope score during a holiday period may be an indication of pure enjoyment. As the two previous readers have already noted, holiday periods can play havoc with our moods. A higher than usual score, might indicate mania, for those suffering from bi-polar depression, the result of a temporary diversion or perhaps putting on a show for fellow holiday companions. Or again, the raised score might result from beefing up one's mood artificially because you know you OUGHT to be enjoying yourself, or simply the fact that you do not suffer from clinical depression. As individuals, we instinctively know what works for us - and if the discipline of maintaining a Moodscope score on holiday helps, then keep doing it. I know that I will. Go well.

DAVE Sun, Aug 7th 2016 @ 9:03pm

Hi Caroline,

The article portrays a need it seems, that we should rely upon devices to determine our moods, sleep pattern, weight monitoring,and other data, to help identify and even govern how we live our lives.

We also rely upon computers, IPads, iPhones etc. I'm all for modern technology as I use the latter to improve my knowledge, and at my age it keeps the brain active and helps with the memory.

But I'm adamant in my own life that I need Consistent self discipline which keeps order in my mind, and order in every facet of my life, which gives self-control, to follow a path which gives me inner peace and inner happiness.

I draw a line under being controlled by others or these devices that try to help manage our moods.

In the 1950-60's as youngsters we we're encouraged to use our imagination, we made bows and arrows, made camps in woods, climbed very high, in particular silver birch trees, meeting 15 feet in the air and holding hands at that height in separate trees, quite dangerous, but great fun.

What I'm saying is we made our own entertainment, and life was very rewarding as it gave each of us the confidence necessary at such a young age, not reliant upon parents, or any devices which could have SUPPRESSED the individuality of our forthcoming adulthood.

Recently, proving my point, it appears, that this Pokemon gadget gets children and adults out into the fresh air and not staying in as a couch potato.
But that is not governing the user of this Pokemon app, but releasing the curious, imaginative mind in becoming confident in the ablity to manage a HIDDEN talent.

Holidays are a vital break from the normal routine, but in a positive attitude, of a holiday.....preparing for the worst, hoping for the best and accepting what comes, that attitude allows self-control and also allows the mind to still ENJOY the change of scenery, but upon returning home gives us a lovely feeling of security, a comfortable springboard from which to explore, and a baseline and anchor in life.

When we return to familiar ground, with that feeling that we have returned to an ORDERLY home in an orderly routine, giving us a vital feeling, a mood of confidence and appreciation for the blessings that being away for a holiday break gives.

It's another opinion.

Dave.








LillyPet Sun, Aug 7th 2016 @ 11:19pm

Hi Caroline,
I decided not to track my moods or check in on moodscope while I was away. My mood is generally good when away.
I like to leave my worries and reflecting on my moods behind as much as possible. It's probably better stay on track though.
LP xx

Mary Wednesday Sun, Aug 7th 2016 @ 11:58pm

Like Otir, I try to track every day. I don't notice any difference when on holiday or not. Although, with the cooking and cleaning to do still (sand gets everywhere) I'm not sure how much of a holiday I really get.... When the rest of them go away for a week and I am on my own, then we will see...

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