Study links feeling good with taking care of yourself

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have used sophisticated text-mining technology to back up age-old advice on the importance of taking care of yourself.

Their analysis of 700,000 online journal entries with an artificial intelligence (AI) computer model found a strong association between feeling good and getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising.

Lukasz Golab

Lukasz Golab is a professor of management sciences at Waterloo.

“You may not be able to control the world around you, but you can control your lifestyle and your own good habits,” said Lukasz Golab, a professor of management sciences. “And in terms of public health, it is useful to confirm conventional wisdom with real evidence to make sound, data-driven decisions.”

The anonymous journal entries were written by over 67,000 users of a mobile mood-tracking application that asked them to report how they were feeling from a list of 17 options.

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