whimsically, me

An assortment of wonders and leftovers with occasional personal statements by Stella Shi.

75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life

In 1938 Harvard University began following 268 male undergraduate students and kicked off the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development in history. The study’s goal was to determine as best as possible what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. The astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits — ranging from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to “hanging length of his scrotum” — indicates just how exhaustive and quantifiable the research data has become.

Recently, George Vaillant, who directed the study for more than three decades, published the study’s findings in the 2012 book Triumphs ofExperience (Amazon). 

In Vallant’s own words, the #1 most important finding from the Grant Study is this: “The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points to a straightforward five-word conclusion: Happiness is love.  Full stop.”


Instagram Explore Is Damn Cool


By Jeremy Leon (@pipemix)Senior Social Strategist @247LS

So Instagram’s Explore tab got a big magical, semi-alogrithmical refresh — and is bound to get a whole lot more algorithmagical! The Explore tab in your gram is no longer a single random assortment of high engagement photos from random people. Now, based on your social graph, it’s a relevant page of photos that you will most likely love. We’ve done some serious research over the past couple of weeks to figure out exactly how it works, and how it can be utilized to increase the reach of your grams. PLS NOTE: At the time of writing, this is how it works – so don’t freak out when it gets as complex as Facey’s newsfeed in like 24 hours!

Here’s how it goes down:

  • Your Explore will have 21 photos in it
  • Each photo has been engaged with by one of the last 21 people you engaged with
  • The above engagements can be on Instagram or a gram pushed to Facey
  • The photos were posted in the last 0-5 days

So, how can we utilize this to increase reach and engagement on your grams? The best way is to have influencers engage with your relevant photos right after they’ve posted something. Every person who engages with their photo… will then see yours in their Explore tab. And because you’re using a highly targeted Instagram program to identify and leverage influencers, the photos are going to be relevant to them!

The algorithm of the Explore tab is going to evolve as fast as the newsfeed, and you can be sure we’ll crack it first. Consider us the Gram Crackers.