Teaching yourself to be happy seems to be a lot like teaching yourself to swim, cycle, or run. I’ve done three and a half – still working on that bike! If you know me from social media it’s probably pretty easy to imagine I am happy ALL. THE. TIME. much to my husband’s dismay at times, this is completely true! Well, for the most part. Lucky him!!
A little flailing in the water, a lot of terrifying moments on the bike (which I still haven’t mastered), and some ridiculously embarrassing confessions I have from running I think I can honestly say that teaching yourself is tough and doable but it can be so much more rewarding to include your friends, family, and maybe even a stranger or two. After all, that is what we do when we race. Can I get an amen?
Some us, including me, also have coaches along side us while we swim, bike, run to make sure our form is correct, we are mentally ready, and for a whole plethora of reasons. Why not have a coach for happiness too?
Not like a physiologist or psychiatrist that bills hourly but more like that best friend you have who is always there to talk it out with you. Can a digital platform even offer that? Actually Happify is claiming to do just that – help you work your happy! I was invited to try it out and was just nerdy enough to say yes!
Marketed as is a “webapp that trains you to live a happier, less stressful, and more fulfilling life,” and, in my words a hybrid gratitude journal/interactive media site; Happify is based on the principle that you can work your happy, just like you can work anything else! Before you read too much further – it’s free.
Through quizzes, prompts, and games the Happify platform customizes and recommends activities for you based on your goals. Some of my activities have included Personal Ten Commandments, Today’s Grateful Moment (back to gratitude journal), and What’s My Why; these will vary based on you and how you best learn and play! You can broadcast your activities to the world but you don’t have to and keep everything you do private, which I love because not everyone wants to have such deep stuff out there. I also appreciate that they do give you the option to write anything you want. They guide you if you want it but if you’re into doing your own exploration Happify is encourages you to rock that too!
That’s nice and all but, does it work? YES! Happiness has been studied since the dawn of time, has 72 million hits on Google (72,200,000 to be exact), is written into the Constitution as an inalienable right, and, saving the greatest for last, is the real treasure hunt of life. There are even elective courses in college labeled Positive Psychology that handle the science of happiness. Anyway. Happiness is a big deal. Happify was developed based on cutting edge research is neuroscience and psychology so it should be no surprise it works!
I have noticed I’m overall more kind. I have less road rage – it was getting rough and is the thing that pushed me to try Happify. The best results that I’ve seen though is that I’m more focused and “zenned” in life – it’s easier to yoga and find a quiet moment within all the chaotic mess of life. Like I said too, I am an extremely happy person to begin with so, other than to help my road rage (it was really getting bad guys) I didn’t think I’d see other results but I did! I can only imagine what it can do for others and I really mean what others can do for themselves!
What do I really think? I think everyone should try it! Really! I believe in positive psychology and even if I hadn’t I would after Happify. Ideally we’d all make this a habit but to be honest it’s hard to find time in our busy days to do much else but truly, if anything else just go check it out!
Speaking of time, here’s the short list:
Quick Look –
- Guided activites.
- Supportive community.
- Limited time to complete tracks (tasks).
So really guys – go on and check it out!
Disclaimer: This is sponsored content but, as always, every opinion and view is authentically mine. xx