Thursday, June 6, 2013

My increasing happiness

A couple of months ago, I received an invitation to try out a website in beta testing called Happify. They must have been reading my depressed posts. Happify is an online program that helps you become happier with yourself and your life. It consists of weekly 'tracks' where you participate in small tasks, usually about reflection on the past and dreams of the future.

I'm always skeptical about programs like this. That's why I waited so long to write about it. I wanted to make sure that it was legitimate and useful, and wasn't some ploy to get you to spend money. Over the last several weeks of using it, I have decided it's definitely worth sharing.

Why? Because I've been depressed for years, and participating in this site has helped me to see a light at the end of the tunnel. If it can help me get out of a depressive phase, maybe it can make you happier too!

One of the best features about Happify is that it is completely free. I haven't purchased anything, and haven't been asked to.

There are a variety of tracks offered, such as 'Coping Better with stress', 'Appreciate What You Have', 'Nurture Your Body and Soul', 'Be More Socially Connected'. There are also tracks for people with children, and those wanting to strengthen their friendships. There is a short quiz that you can take to help determine which track may be the best for you at the moment. They are continually developing new tracks, so if you finish the ones you want to complete, you can wait for new tracks to be released. Each phase of the track lasts 7 days, but if you don't finish you can extend your track for as long as you need to. If you decide that you don't like the track you are on, you can change anytime.

The tasks are fairly simple. Sometimes it's a game, or a short quiz, or short diary-like entries on certain topics. You can decide if you want other Happify community members to see the posts. I like this feature because if I want to keep something secret, I can, but I can also share with the community and get feedback from other members.

Every two weeks it reminds you to do a happiness check in, a brief quiz that helps you see how happy you are as compared to previous check-ins. I'm slowly watching my score go up, which means I'm getting happier :)

Although this is still in beta testing, I was given the ability to invite you to join me. Are you interested? If so, you can click on the image below and head on over to check it out!

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