The Daily Routines of Young Adults Study

Want to know more about how you’re spending your time during your everyday routines and how you feel throughout the day? Here’s an exciting opportunity for you to find out! Participate in this research study on the Daily Routines of Young Adults, conducted by a doctoral student under the supervision of Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the founder of Positive Psychology, from Claremont Graduate University.

This is a week-long study to examine the daily routines of young adults and their boredom experiences. Seven times a day, your smart phone will signal for you to fill out a short, 2 minute survey. At the end of the week you will be asked to take a 15-minute survey. Results will be statistically analyzed and you will receive a personalized feedback report about your daily activities. On completing the surveys, you also stand a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Click on the link below for more details and to sign up!


Things that human beings could do to live the good life

  1. Eat while you are eating
  2. Study when you are studying
  3. Watch TV while you are watching TV
  4. Cook when you are cooking
  5. Say what you are feeling (you don’t get coolness points for not saying what you should be saying, and are thinking, and are feeling so intensely)
  6. When you are on the phone, listen to what the other person is saying and respond to it
  7. If you can’t help someone, say you can’t help them
  8. If you feel like staying in, stay in
  9. Tasks that take less than ten minutes, start and finish immediately. This includes random shit that bugs you, which you can just clarify (“Did I annoy you too much that day?” “Was that insensitive?”)
  10. Text when you are texting, but probably not when you are studying, eating, talking, on the phone or in the middle of an urgent task
  11. Ask for what you want
  12. Accept that people will put themselves first, because they are protecting their interests and their heart
  13. Put yourself (and your friends and family and anyone who contributes to your well-being) first

If you are thinking “well, duh” and “this is intuitive” – great. Oftentimes though, it should be obvious but it isn’t.

From: The girl who eats while she studies, lets the pot boil over when she’s worrying about a term paper due in 24 hours, texts when she reads and reads as she texts, says something and means something else as she’s scared she’ll lose coolness points