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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Emotional fitness: Happify ever after

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These days there’s an app for practically everything, including happiness. 

According to the gleeful folks at “Happify,” this app can be used “anytime, anywhere – on your computer or on your mobile phone.” No need to listen to Pharrell Williams anymore, just click right on and feel the joy.

Happify purports to be solidly rooted in scientific principles.  Happiness has been psychologically defined as a combination of how satisfied you are with your overall life, and “how good you feel on a day-to-day basis.”  Happify therefore provides activities designed to improve both parts of this rollicking equation.

Organized around a S.T.A.G.E. (“Savor, Thank, Aspire, Give, Empathize”) framework, the app aligns with these five “happiness skills.”  For example, “Savor” involves the art of “making a pleasurable experience last for as long as possible.”  “Aspire” includes hope, purpose and optimism.

Here is a gratitude-based Happify activity:  Before bed, spend 15 minutes writing a list of things you’re thankful for…  Sounds rather simple?  Perhaps.  Nevertheless, it can also be quite profound.     


Copyright July 31, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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