There’s An App For Finding Happiness at Your Command.
Even with boatloads of cash, we can’t buy bliss. But we do have some control over our emotional happiness. The problem is we often fall short when it comes to exercising it. Happy people don’t have perfect lives. What they do have is the ability to look beyond the imperfections.
According to Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, research psychologist and University of California professor of psychology, our emotional happiness is determined 40% by our intentional activities, 50% by genetics, and 10% by life circumstances.
Dr. Lyubomirsky has partnered with Signal Patterns Labs on an iPhone app called Live Happy that puts happiness literally at our fingertips.
After downloading Live Happy, users take the mood survey and, based on responses, Live Happy suggests activities that will improve mood. With regular use, the app continues to measure mood and happiness levels, and tracks how they change.
Activaties include setting goals, then evaluating and tracking them. We’re also prompted to target relationships that need nurturing, keep a gratitude journal, replay happy days and envision our best possible self. All of which have been scientifically shown to make life happier.
The performance of these activities is meant to create a new mindset and a more positive way of engaging in daily life. Based on Dr. Lyubomirsky’s research, going about life in a way that creates happiness is a skill that can be learned.
In her book, The How of Happiness, Dr. Lyubomirsky explains what happiness is (and isn’t), then offers more than a dozen uniquely formulated happiness-increasing strategies for creating a more joyful life.
P. 198: People high in mindfulness – that is, those who are prone to be mindfully attentive to the here and now and keenly aware of their surroundings – are models of flourishing and positive mental health.