Simms Lane & Your Happiness Quotient


Lynn Nelson

You may remember

Back in episode #4 Increasing the world’s laughter quotient with Lynn Nelson, Lynn spoke about her realisation that experiences in the game  – The Sims, can be an excellent metaphor for life – in a darkly humorous way that is.


I was recently taking a walk in Skerries, Co. Dublin, and I spotted the following place name – Simms Lane. It reminded me of Lynn’s interview and it got me thinking about how often people (myself included) forget to leave room in our lives for fun.


Simms Lane

Below in an excerpt from the interview I did with Lynn.

“One of the scores you had to maximise was your happiness quotient. So, you actually had to be content with life to win the game. So, I modelled the SIM in there on myself. I was a very hard working naval person. I’d been in the navy for about thirteen years, and I was very dedicated to what I did, so I had this person on there…my SIM, was really hard working, overachiever, always on time, always taking care of everyone else, doing everything perfectly right…a perfectionist to the max. I thought ‘I’m going to completely blow this game away. I’m just gonna win hands down.’ Then, I was playing it one day and my character crumbled on the kitchen floor in a puddle of tears. I thought ‘What went wrong there? I was doing everything right.’ But I looked and I saw that my happiness quotient was empty, because I hadn’t programmed into my day anything to have fun. So, from that day on I said  – My goodness, I’ve learned everything I need to know from the SIMS.”

Have you been spending too much time aimlessly strolling down Simms Lane?

(Apologies residents of Skerries – the real Simms Lane isn’t depressing).

Perhaps you would like to revisit the episode, to listen to Lynn’s perspective on how fun can be reintroduced to a busy lifestyle. If you are new to the Laughter Research Podcast, then it’s certainly worth taking the time to listen to the conversation.


Don’t forget – Lynn is hoping to fund a portion of her Doctoral research into potential therapeutic applications of laughter. If you would like to support her financially in her research, then please consider making a donation on her crowd funding page.

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