As I get farther along in this blogging thing, I get more and more emails that may or may not be spam, offering me things that I may or may not want. Last week, which just so happened to be kind of a rough week for me, I got this email from the head of marketing at a company called Happify, inviting me to be a Pioneer in their program. I checked out their website, read through some of the blog links they sent me, got excited, and quickly signed up for their program.
So, what is Happify? Happify is “a NYC-based company with a vision to bring the science of happiness to mass market in an entirely new way.” They use scientifically based information to give you activities to bring happiness into your life. It is extremely attractive and user-friendly. They only give you three to four activities a day, so if you’re an over-achiever like me, you can do those activities, but you won’t get overwhelmed by looking seeing a whole bunch of activities all at once. You get a little green check mark for each activity you complete. Here is what mine looks like:
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, you get to pick the track that you’re on. The tracks are designed to help you develop your happiness skills for specific life situations. The track that I was put on the Happify was “Enjoy Parenting More. I’m currently in Part 2 of that track and there are three parts. You earn a medal for each part you complete, and the goal is to get a gold medal. I’m almost to silver!
But, tracking back some, you will also take a little quiz at the beginning to see your current happiness level and then take another one every 2 weeks to see your progress.
As you can see, I needed a Happiness Boost!
I have been faithfully following the program and I feel like it’s been helpful. Life is challenging for me sometimes. It’s not all gumdrops and candy canes around here. This week, I’ve been punched in the head, kicked, spat on, and pushed. Autism is hard, folks! I have degenerative disk disease, depression, and anxiety, and Squeaker is super smart. He knows that it’s hard for me to manage things, physically and sometimes mentally. I get tired. So he takes advantage when it’s meltdown time. So it’s really, really important for me to work on staying positive. I work really hard at seeing all the brightness and light in our lives. This is something I work at. It is not something that comes naturally for me. I have 31 years of negative patterns to try to reverse, here. So I was really happy to get that email, because it’s another reinforcement. It has helped me to find the little things in life to enjoy again.
Here is one example of the activities I’ve completed:
And I have to say, another thing I enjoy about this website is that it takes the guesswork out of why it’s important to do the activities. If you’re a questioning person like I am and you want to know why, it tells you. You just click that “Why It Works” link and it tells you. I’ll show you after the next example. This is one of my favorites and it’s from today. I did a gratitude exercise and wrote a thank you note to Squeaker. I needed it after the past couple days I’ve had with him.
And here is why it works:
I feel so fortunate to have been invited into the program. I try to get at least two of the activities done a day. As I get farther along in the track, I find it’s a bit harder to be as ambitious as I was in the beginning, but there’s usually at least one or two easier activities to do per day. Others are more thought-provoking or require you to get up off of your butt and do something, which can be hard to do if you’re really in a rotten mood (and that’s when you need to get up off of your butt, right?).
Anyway, I have three invitations that I can give out and I’ve run out of people to share them with family and friends-wise. So I will give them to the first three people that comment. If you’re interested, comment with your email address. Please only leave your email address if you plan to sign up! Feel free to comment with your insights as to what makes you happy otherwise. This is a great program and I want to make sure I get it to people who really want to try it.
My days have been made better, and I want to share my better days with you. Because, man, when you’re down, you need a boost!
EDIT: The nice people at Happify appreciated my post so much that the provided me with a special link just for my readers. If you click on the Happify button below, it will take you directly to the website to sign up. Have a Happy Day!
** The opinions stated here are my own and I was not required or asked to write a review, only to use the site. I shared this information because I wanted to share this program with others who may need some extra happiness in their lives.
Originally posted 2013-06-26 17:44:00.