Graphics by Nathan Yau, borne out of everyday curiosities, learning experiments, and mild insomnia.
Happiness and meaning do not always travel together. Sometimes we need to pursue meaning without the happiness, and vice versa.
There are things that make us happy. There are things where we find meaning in the everyday. What are the things that give us both?
What people are doing when they are happy and not, from age 20 to 70.
These life satisfaction scores might make you want to rethink life.
We spend a lot of time working. It seems worth thinking about how we feel during all those hours.
Meaningfulness scores from the American Time Use Survey provide a hint of what we value.
This is a story about pizza, geometry, and making sure you get what you paid for.
The National Survey of Family Growth, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asks participants about their birth and relationship history.
I wondered how common it is for someone to get a divorce. While I’ve touched on the topic before, I’ve never calculated it directly, so I gave it a go.
Among 1- to 19-year-olds, regulations decreased motor vehicle deaths, but deaths by firearms increased and became the leading mechanism in 2018.
Oftentimes what we're doing isn't so important as who we're spending our time with.
In high school, we spend most of our days with friends and immediate family. But then we get jobs, start a family, retire, and there's a shift in who we spend our days with.
Here's the breakdown by age for American adults in 2021, based on data from the Pew Research Center.
See how your country compares.
Higher income usually means more childcare, and lower income usually means less.