I love listening to John Tesh weeknights on HOM. I'm not just saying that because I work here. I learn something very relevant to my life every time I listen to his radio show! Last night I learned which words to use to elicit happiness in those around me. I also learned how much sleep I really needed to get a good rest. It's not 8 hours like we thought!

A group of mathematicians at the University of Vermont took over 10,000 of the most frequently used words from a variety of sources like Twitter, The New York Times, and music lyrics. Then, they had people rate those words on a scale from least happy to most happy. Turns out "laughter" is the happiest word in the English language. The least happy word was “terrorist.” Makes sense.

Here are the top 10 happiest words?
1. Laughter
2. Happiness
3. Love
4. Excellent
5. Joy
6. Successful
7. Win
8. Rainbow
9. Smile
10. Pleasure

Secondly, we've heard for years that 8 hours is critical to a solid night sleep. Mr. Tesh explained last night that it's actually 7 hours and 13 minutes.

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What word makes you happy? How much sleep do you get on average each night? Answer in the comments section of the website below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #keytohappiness