BBC Earth study determines happiness index while watching television

15 Mar,2017

By A Correspondent

 

BBC Earth has published findings of an international study titled “The Real Happiness Project” showing the direct impact of nature programmingon the mood and wellbeing of its viewers. India was one of the markets studied for this research with a sample group of 1,000 people.

 

The research, conducted with Professor Dacher Keltner, an expert in the science of emotion at the University of California, Berkeley, confirms that even short engagement with such shows leads to significant increases in positive emotions including awe, contentedness, joy and amusement. The study also found substantial decreases in emotions such as nervousness, anxiety, fear, stress and tiredness.

 

BBC’s research using a nationally-representative sample in India shows that watching natural history content increases feelings of awe, amazement and wonder significantly. This change was caused by watching natural history content, as it is significantly different to the change experienced amongst the control group.

  • The research shows that watching natural history content decreases feelings of nervousness, anxiety and fear significantly. This change was caused by watching natural history content, as it is significantly different to the change experienced amongst the control group.
  • The research also shows that watching natural history content increases feelings of contentment, relaxation, and peacefulness significantly. This change was caused by watching natural history content, as it is significantly different to the change experienced amongst the control group.

 

Furthermore, the study saw viewers of natural history content in India experience significant decreases in feelings of the following emotions:

  • Stress and overburden.
  • Anger, irritability and feeling ‘mad’.
  • Tiredness, fatigue and low energy.

 

The research was commissioned to mark the launch of the BBC’s landmark nature series for ten years Planet Earth II, which will premiere in India on Sony BBC Earth in June.

 

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