New Study Finds Positive Bias in Human Languages

February 10, 2015 5:15 PM

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According to a new study carried out by a group of scientists including Dr Peter Dodds from the University of Vermont, all human languages skew toward the use of happy words.

This graph shows distributions of perceived average word happiness from 24 sources in ten languages. Spanish is most skewed toward the positive and Chinese books the least – but all sources showed the same trend: humans tend to look on, and talk about, the bright side of life; the yellow and blue gr...

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