In a country where work essentially dominates your life until retirement, Japan has created the Happiness Counter that promotes smiling and, according to trial, genuinely increases a person's happiness.
The Happiness Counter is a device that has an integrated smile recognition software that is able to detect whether someone is smiling or not. The sensor was attached to a fridge, which meant that the door could only be open if the person smiled. The shutter automatically sensed the smile and granted access.
In a trial run, the refrigerator proved that users who initially only smiled seemingly forcefully ended up with a more genuine happy smile. It encouraged a more uplifted mood in meetings and promoted better work ethic as well.
Repurposed Fridge Furnishings
Crammed Skyscraper Kitchens
Brisk Beverage Basins
Social Media Snack Guards
The Happiness Counter Encourages Smiling Before Eating
By: Elise Ying-Hei Ho - Published: Oct 9, 2012 • References: ufunk.net