In 2002, two pioneers of Positive Psychology, Ed Diener and Martin Seligman, conducted a study at the University of Illinois on the 10% of students with the highest scores recorded on a survey of personal happiness.They found that the most salient characteristics shared by students who were very happy and showed the fewest signs of depression were "their strong ties to friends and family and commitment to spending time with them." ("The New Science of Happiness," Claudia Wallis, , Jan. In one study people were asked on random occasions about their mood.' Available' Products listed as ‘In Stock’ are readily available with seller. ' Out of Stock' Currently, the item is not available for sale.' Preorder' or ' Forthcoming' The product is not released yet. Use the ' Notify Me' feature to know once it is available for purchase.One of the earliest Cyanide & Happiness comics, #15, was posted by Wilson on on January 26, 2005. Melvin said, "We collaborate here and there on them, but the comics are most often individual efforts.A variant of the comic's title is first mentioned in #121, in which one character sells cotton candy, and explains that it is made of "Cyanide & Happyness" [sic], after which the other character replies: "Happyness!?!? The animated shorts, however, are big collaborative projects, often bringing in people from outside our little, core group." Melvin did not read comics as a kid, but enjoyed Larson's The Far Side and Matt Groening's Life in Hell; he preferred live-action sketch comedy shows such as The Kids in the Hall, Monty Python, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Mr. Den Bleyker added that the stick figure style "makes the characters seem very transient, as if they only exist for a given comic.But mainly, as Melvin puts it, the web comic built a loyal fan base of people who were “more than willing to make sure this crazy idea of ours got made,” he says.
If we ever bring up a character, we usually retire it after its share of original jokes has run out." Wilson credits the comic's success to consistent output: "There are plenty of funny people creating content, but they're not consistent or reliable.It’s expensive, yes, but that’s where all those Kickstarter dollars come in.And now a small independent comic can stay independent, even as the expectations of their fans (which, the team says extends beyond the typical web-comic community to even the dads of the typical web-comic community) grow. It was created on December 9, 2004, and started running daily on January 26, 2005.It has appeared on social networking sites such as Myspace, Quora, Live Journal, and Facebook, where, in April 2006, it had generated more than a million visits per week.Meanwhile, Den Bleyker and Matt Melvin had been working on projects where they "made bad stick figure death movies together after posting their stuff at back in around 19." The forum's webmasters, including Den Bleyker, Melvin, and Dave Mc Elfatrick (who joined Sticksuicide) liked the format of Wilson's comics.