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Happiness measurement

Towards the realization of a happy society

Hitachi has been leading the world in the practical application of big data. As part of this effort, we have developed technology to measure people's happiness with wearable sensors.

The improvement of happiness is one of the most important challenges for society. It is difficult however to objectively measure the happiness that people are feeling in real-time. In cooperation with Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of Claremont Graduate University and Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside, world-renowned authorities in the field of psychology, Hitachi began research in the quantification of happiness using sensors, and discovered characteristic patterns in the physical activity of groups reporting high happiness. The research also showed a strong correlation between the happiness and the productivity of the group.

Happiness was found to be a universal indicator independent of industry sector, job type or position. Day-to-day changes in happiness and comparing happiness of different organizations can be used to identify and share best practices for organizational management.

By quantifying the activities of society and people which until now was only understood qualitatively, and by guiding those activities, we aim to achieve a dramatic improvement in the productivity of knowledge-workers and services to achieve a happy society.

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