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#HappyActs. Wednesday March 1, 2017

You know that warm, fuzzy feeling when you've been able to help someone? It is well known that performing a kind act for someone actually raises the happiness in the giver more than the receiver.

Our friends at LiveHappy are running a wonderful campaign #HappyActs during March to celebrate the International Day of Happiness on the 20th and we'd like to spread the word and ask all Moodscopers to join in.

#HappyActs have devised a calendar of daily science-based simple acts that you can do, that will result in positive action, wellbeing and happiness for you and for others.

You can find the calendar here:

The acts are easy to carry out. For example 'Hug someone' - we all know how much better you feel after a good hug!

They are promoting the campaign to millions of people around the world and it just seems a perfect fit with Moodscope as we have the capability of monitoring whether participating in the campaign could actually improve people's scores.

We are really interested in this research and would ask as many Moodscopers as possible join in with the campaign and take the test each day, noting what kind act you carried out on your graph. We'd like to then look at the anonymised scores to see if there has in fact been a positive mood shift in March.

Take a look at the #HappyActs calendar and decide if you would like to join in. If you do want to, please can you email us at with just #HappyActs in the subject line to let us know.

We can all make someone's day a little brighter and hopefully it will brighten each day for you too.

Many thanks.

Caroline Ashcroft
The Moodscope Team

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Di Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 2:35am

Dearest Caroline ~
How very exciting to read of the research at Happy Acts and that Moodscope is taking part. It is a wonderful lift to my spirits and one all participants will embody as a change for the better. Thank you & your staff for making our world richer, more vibrant, and more meaningful.
Warmest regards,

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:48am

Thank you Di. Caroline

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 5:36am

Hi Caroline,
This couldn't have come at a better time! I'm definitely up for taking part. Helping others, helping us and helping with the research, wins all round.
I ditto Di's thanks. LPxx
Susie if you're reading, I only just saw your post yesterday and have lft you a reply. Let's do this together, great timing! LPxx

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:45am

Excellent! Thanks. Caroline

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 7:14am

So to kick off today's challenge...

A woman is walking along a beach when she sees a man splashing around feverishly in the ocean. "Help, shark! Help!" he cries.

The woman laughs, because she knows the shark will never help that man.

The people of Saudi Arabia don't like the Flintstones but the people of Abu Dhabi do.

Tutti Frutti Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 8:27am

Like the shark one. TF x

Hopeful One Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 7:16am

Hi Caroline- Like many others I would be happy to join. Its important that as many Moodscopers as possible join to make the result statistically meaningful. It is through research like this that any advances in treatment are likely to occur.The reason why our mood improves with random acts of happiness is because the act stimulates the production 'feel good' brain hormones such as oxytocin. dopamine and serotonin.

I would love to do a similar exercise with my attempts at humour. Does it actually improve our mood in a statistically significant way?

Today's offering deals with what doctors actually mean when they say something to you.

When the doctor says: "One of several things could cause your symptoms." What the doctor means: "I haven't the foggiest idea what's wrong with you."

When the doctor says: "Are you certain you haven't had this before?" What the doctor means: "Because now you've got it again."

When the doctor says: "I'd like to run that last test over." What the doctor means: "The lab lost your sample."

When the doctor says: "This prescription has a few side effects." What the doctor means: "You may experience sudden hair growth on your palms."

More to follow.

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:25am

Funny and probably true! :)

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:49am

Thanks HO, it will be an interesting piece of research hopefully. Caroline

Hopeful One Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 6:09pm

Hi Caroline- I seem to have set off a ripple of laughs across the Moodscope Universe! It would be interesting to see if it caused a blip in the overall scores of Moodscopers today. Of course this is a very crude measure. What I had in mind was a proper scientific trial possibly a so called double blind trial which gets rid of confounding factors like a placebo effects and is the gold standard of research trials. We need to get in touch medical schools or universities with a psychology department to design the trial . They will determine how many participants we need to produce a statistically significant result and how long it should run. I would provide a joke every other day . The participants record their Moodscore score after reading the joke. We compare the result of the mean score on the days I write a joke against those days when I don't and see if there is a statistically significant difference . My LCBT theory predicts that there will be .

patricia Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 7:48am

Hi Caroline what a good idea, will try and do my best.
Here's my contribution can't say it's my favourite, don't really have one?
Late one night a preacher was driving on a country road and had a crash. A farmer stopped and asked "are you ok" The preacher said "yes I had the Lord riding with me" The farmer said Well you better let him ride with me, because you're gonna kill him.

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:24am

Ha ha! :)

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:50am

Thanks Patricia. Caroline

Rosemary Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 5:17pm

Haha thanks for that x

Susannah Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 8:20am

Hope you don't mind that my fave joke is slightly rude:

Q: How do you titillate an ocelot?

A: You oscillate its tit a lot.

Tutti Frutti Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 8:23am

May be rude but the word play is cool. Love TF x

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:26am

Love it! :)

Angela Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:44am


Tutti Frutti Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 8:21am

Hi Caroline, In general I support this idea and particularly the research aspect but am entering on it with a bit of trepidation. Ive looked at the calendar. Most of it sounds ok but some of it sounds like it will require some organisation eg cook a meal for a friend and I mightn't manage it on the right day and other bits like the anonymous letter to a colleague and giving out balloons to strangers frankly make me squirm. I am not sure that I will actually get through the month and certainly can't commit to doing it all correctly but here goes. My favourite joke (well the only ok joke I can think of that I haven't just nicked from HO) is as follows (needs to be read in a Brummie accent):

Knock knock
Who's there?
Olive who?
Olive here so let me in.

Hope I haven't been too off because as HO says they will need lots of volunteers to get anything meaningful from the research (and we do need to try to do what we are told as well).

Love TF x

Tutti Frutti Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 8:25am

Auto correct strikes back. What I meant to say at the end was basically that I hope I haven't put people off. TF x

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:28am


Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:58am

Hi Tutti Frutti, I think if you just do the ones you can when you can it will be fine. Thanks. Caroline

Leah Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:13am

Does one have to do an act every day or can you do them when you can?

An oldie
What do you call a boomerang that won't come back?

A stick.

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:28am

But goldie! :)

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:59am

Hi Leah, I think it would be good to do one each day if you can, if you can't don't worry about it. Thanks. Caroline

LP Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:31am

Good points TF and Leah. I hadn't looked past today! Still haven't will take each day and see how it goes. Maybe theyre just suggestions and we could do something else if we can think of anything?

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 11:00am

Good idea LP. If you aren't able to do the Act that's suggested, just repeat one of the others. I'm sure carrying out any Act would have the desired affect. Thanks. Caroline

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 11:03am

Loving the jokes! Mine's slightly rude I'm afraid:

Q: Why don't worms have balls?

A: Because they can't dance!

LP Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 @ 4:56am

Lol! It took me a while! :)) xx

The Gardener Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 12:10pm

Really happy to join - so many people in my position MUST find something good in each day. Love the joke Caroline - on Radio 4 yesterday was a woman scientist who had spent her life studying some form of worm - said they had characters, and that fat ones were happy! Mr G in a tizz, going in for 2 weeks respite. Already , and very sadly, the 'load' is lifting, I can go to the refuge for a new cat, and get it used to the house - I can make a 'plan' for the day, I can watch TV, I can talk on the phone for hours, if I wish, without Mr G saying he's going to be sick. And, best of all, that 2 weeks will be used for research - to see how the 25,000 euros which it would cost me to put Mr G into a home could be better spent to give us BOTH a happier old age. Quite an agenda.

Mary Wednesday Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 1:32pm

A new cat: how delightful. I shall think of the right cat choosing you (as they do) and smile. See, you have me happier already.

Vickie Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 12:51pm

Count me in!

A woman walked into a veterinary clinic wanting to have her cat and six kittens spayed and neutered.

“Is the mother friendly?” the veterinary asked.

“Very,” said the woman, casting an eye on all the pet carriers. “That’s how we got into this mess in the first place.” :)

Mary Wednesday Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 1:34pm

One of my favourite jokes: What's the difference between a buffalo and a bison? A: You can't wash your hands in a buffalo! (The real answer of course is that there is no difference; just two different names for the same animal)

Rosemary Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 5:43pm

Yep I'm in :)

What's round and bad tempered?
A vicious circle


Rosemary Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 6:38pm

Or..... Did hear about the two ships that collided? One was carrying blue paint, the other red paint - both crews have been marooned! Ok I'll stop now ;)

Jane Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:09pm

:) I like it

The Gardener Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 6:06pm

I got on to the Happy Acts web site and feel it's beyond me. Do no Social media, too old and scared stiff of it. The only phone I can receive texts on is used for emergency only, and the number is not given out. Trying to sell a house and other things has provoked so many scams - some stupid, some clever, makes me very wary - cold calls ditto. Monitoring my scores would be useless at the moment, as due to my husband going for 2 weeks respite my daily reaction will be reflected by knowing I can sleep undisturbed, and that I can make plans and carry them out. If anybody had access to my graph they would see immediately that going up into the 'sunshine' coincides with family visits, and at the bottom of the blue is virtually 100% sleep deprivation. The next two weeks should be revealing - first respite of that length - will it prove that I am over-confident about it? Join the joke league with sneaking one from the Oldie calendar. The three murderers of Julius Ceasar, wiping their knives, turn to the reporter 'Julius Ceasar was a great statesman and his untimely death will be a terrible blow to the world of politics'. Finding an honest politician at the moment seems unlikely - France is in a state of chaos. Then, you don't need knives, just wipe an enemy's face with something nasty!

Hopeful One Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 6:12pm

Hi Guys - enjoyed all the laughs. Not swinging from the chandeliers or rolling in the aisles but a definite lift lasting the whole day.

Sally Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:21pm

Interesting website. Whether I'll remember to do it every day..perhaps good to refer to when I need a boost. However, will try.
Joke told at a Lit. festival, a bit" near the mark":
Woman sees a parrot in a cage on the market . Asks the price. It's surprisingly cheap, so she is about to buy it because she's always wanted a parrot, but asks if there's a catch" Well, admits the trader, sheepishly, he's got TERRIBLE language, he used to live in a brothel. "
"Oh, well, my teenagers swear a lot anyway, so I'm used to strong language. I'll buy the parrot" says the woman & promptly takes parrot & cage home."
Awwwwww" shrieks the parrot as she places him & cage on the dining room table. " Nice house! Nice house!
Just then, the daughter comes in from college . The parrot sees her and squawks " awwwwww! Nice girl, nice girl!!
Then, the husband comes in from work and spots the parrot, who immediately shouts out " Hello, Keith!!!"

Molly Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 9:42pm

Oh Sally, I don't know if it is because my husband's name is Keith, but that really made me laugh lol xx

Hopeful One Wed, Mar 1st 2017 @ 10:49pm

Hi Sally - LOL . Top marks.

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