Introducing Happify :-)

happify trademark, happify logo, what is happify?, so do I get happy?, happiness projectIt’s finally time to introduce you to Happify! Two months ago, I was invited  to try out Happify and provide honest feedback as I used the site and now Happify is open for new users! Check it out here.

Happify is a cross between a new social media, an interactive game and a shared (or private) gratitude journal. The site is based on scientific studies of happiness that show that what we DO makes a difference in how happy we are in life. Through quizzes, games, prompts and activities, participants on Happify learn ways, and take actions, to be happier and to better appreciate things in their lives.

There is an initial assessment of how happy you already are. I’m pretty happy by nature, so I wasn’t out looking to get happier, but it’s also important to actively do things to nurture my own happiness. I have really enjoyed doing these small activities as a reminder to slow down and appreciate just how much I have in my life.unlock your happiness, happiness skills, happiness test, studies on happiness, how to be happier, blue brain, join happify,

Starting out, users select a track to follow. You can choose from things like: Enjoy Parenting More, The Art in Happiness, Talkers and Listeners and Nurture my Body and Soul. You’ll then have different activities opened to you each day. If you’re gung-ho and ready to do more, there is also a skills section where you can do more activities. I completely cracked up one day when I just kept doing more and more activities and a message came up that congratulated me and addressed me as “You’re an over-achiever!” Hilariously on target!

There are five main skills and all the activities fall under one of these: Savor, Thank, Aspire, Give and Empathize. As you work through different tracks (here’s the video game-like part) you earn gold or silver for completing tracks within certain time frames, and you move up different skill levels as you finish and “Happify” activities.Happify, the science of happiness, studies on happiness, brain with gears, colorful gears, what is happify?, happiness assessment,

You’ll do guided activities with prompts like, “Take a walk with a camera,” “Mix things up,” “Give a small gift,” and suggestions for doing and reflecting on what you did. Some things are silly like trying to brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand to try to shake things up in your normal routine, while other things might be more sentimental, pensive, or celebratory of you or someone else. Some activities are quick, some you make a plan and pledge to do it then report back after you’ve done it. At any point, you can click and read the science behind the activity, the “Why it Works.”

You can post pictures with certain activities either from your Facebook photos, Happify stock images or by uploading something from your computer, here the posts look a little like Pinterest with social interaction features for liking and commenting.

I’ve been enjoying my time on Happify. It’s nudged me to really mull things over, to cherish the everyday ho-hum stuff and to share my happiness in different ways. It’s challenged me to recognize and acknowledge my positive impact on others and to consciously live according to my values. Give it a try!

Here’s a Happify game you can try right now – Uplift! Focus on the positive words.

© Copyright Leah DeCesare 2013

** The opinions stated here are my own and I was not required or asked to write a review, only to use the site. As a pioneer tester of Happify, I received a t-shirt and a copy of the DVD “Happy.” **

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20 Responses to Introducing Happify :-)

  1. I have heard so much about Happify! Thanks for telling me more about it!

  2. Jessica says:

    What a great concept. I am going to have to give this a try. Thanks!

  3. @Jackiehennesse1 says:

    This sounds so unique and fun. And exactly what I need in the middle of the winter!

  4. Leah DeCesare says:

    Check it out and let me know how you like it!

  5. tqote says:

    This is FANTASTIC! If you believe that the universe puts things in front of you, based on what you need, then your post was written for me today! I signed up – can’t wait to follow the plan!

  6. Joanna says:

    I love the idea of a shared gratitude journal! I am going to go check it out, thanks for sharing!

  7. What a great idea! Love this!

  8. Candice says:

    How awesome! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing!! I had no idea this existed!

  10. Wow, how cool is this??? Can’t wait to try it!!!

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  16. Rock-Paper-Snips says:

    I will definitely be looking into this and can’t wait to see your interview on the Nightly News!

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