Have you tried Happify yet? I just got a beta invite the other day and have been poking around–it seems pretty interesting.
The concept, as I understand it so far, is that you play interactive games, do self-assessments and quizzes and keep a sort of public/semi-public diary–all of which are directed at helping you be a happier person, over all.
I am kind of digging it so far–the games and activities aren’t time-consuming for the most part so far, and I like the idea of the guided gratitude journals.
Is it working? Well, it’s not NOT working. Generally, I’m pretty happy and easygoing–but I’m interested to know how it works for others.
I’ve got five Happify invite codes to give away!
Anyway, I was just given the opportunity to give away five invites, so I thought I’d make an offer–if anyone’s interested, comment below and I’ll add you to my list. The first five comments get the first five invites I’ve got as of right now.
Can we really train ourselves to become happier? Science says yes. Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of CA-Riverside, is among several researchers who’ve determined the role genetics plays in one’s well-being. Although each of us has a certain genetic set point in the way we do for weight, genetics only determines 50% of our happiness levels. We determine most of the remainder by choosing our behaviors, actions, and thoughts.
When we have new experiences or look at something in a different way, neurons carve out new pathways in our brain to process that fresh information. By practicing certain techniques, we can create stronger neural connections in the regions of our brain associated with attention, motivation and empathy. And we’re just beginning to identify what behavioral and mental techniques work best to increase our well-being.
Recent research into the kind of “interventions” (i.e. “exercises”) designed to promote positive emotional qualities, such as kindness and mindfulness, suggests that such qualities may be the product of skills we can learn through training—in the same way that practice improves our musical or athletic abilities.
At Happify, we’re translating the latest cutting-edge research into fun and interactive, science-based activities and games to teach you the skills of happiness. Optimism, self-confidence, gratitude, hope, compassion, purpose, empathy—these are all qualities that anyone can own.
You just have to learn how. And doing so will change your life.
What do you think? Is it something you’ll try? Want a Happify invite code? Let me know in the comments section, below! I’ll just need your email address.