Ribbon Texts

Sewn from ribbons and installed directly on the wall, these messages encourage mental habits that can increase happiness.

Unoccupied, the human brain defaults to chaos and negativity.1 The messages here attempt to compensate for this negativity bias. Indeed, individuals can take steps to increase happiness. (According to positive psychologists Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, Schkade, and Seligman, a theoretical formula of happiness includes voluntary action.2.) These texts are reminders of such actions.

1. Jonathan Haidt. The Happiness Hypothesis. New York: Basic Books [2006] 28

2. Ibid.

Caption: Christine Wong Yap, ribbon texts, 2011-2014, ribbons, thread, pins, dimensions variable.

Photos of billboards courtesy of Galeria Rusz.