Human Language Accentuates the Positive

The most commonly used words in human languages across a wide range of cultures are more likely to carry positive connotations than negative ones, says the largest-ever study of natural language and its emotional capacity. The new research is the first to use "big data" to confirm what has widely been called the Pollyanna hypothesis: the notion that, since humans are fundamentally happiest when socializing, human communication—no matter where you find it—will generally skew happy.

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