Kilter 2017

On health, nutrition and fitness


Optimizing for Happiness

Submitted by Thejesh GN (@thej) on Monday, 20 February 2017

Section: Full Talk Technical level: Intermediate


Life is about optimizing for happiness? How do we bring science into this? This talk is my journey where I tried to build habbits based data (collected in various ways from DNA analysis, CGM to Apps) optimized for happiness.


First walk-through the family history of dealing with Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes etc and my efforts to identifying habbits( like fitness, meditation etc and not just health as a factor) for happiness.

How did I go about changing things, building habits based on the data (like DNA Analysis, Continuous Glucose Monitoring, various Apps etc) , reading research papers. We will go through the tests I got done, data I collected and the results of it. Some conclusions from those tests.

Then we will go through the non medical modifications and habits I am trying to build and the effect of them on life and happiness in general.

We will conclude by talking about the future.

Speaker bio

Thej is an Independent Technologist, Hacker, Traveler, Blogger, InfoActivist, Open data and Open internet enthusiast. He is a cheerleader for DataMeet. DataMeet is a community of Data Science and Open Data enthusiasts in India.



  • Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Reviewer 2 years ago

    Thej, thanks for an interesting proposal. What is the happiness metric / calculator that the audience can take back from your talk? Also, what does it cost for an average person who wants to measure?

  • Suman Bolar (@wickedwitch) Reviewer 2 years ago

    How would you define happiness?

    • Thejesh GN (@thej) Proposer 2 years ago

      It varies from person to person, in my case I would define it as a combination of sense of achivement + health.

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