App-iness

Cultivating happiness may often seem difficult to do especially given the fast-paced lifestyles we often find ourselves living. However, the secret to happiness may lie within one’s smartphone. A multitude of smartphone apps have been developed using research findings within the field of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Whether you are on-the- go or looking for a self-enhancing activity, check out the following science-based apps that focus on improving happiness and overall well-being.

  • Happify: Users can customize their experience by choosing from a variety of tracks such as “Stop the Worry Cycle” or “Conquer your Negative Thoughts.” Carefully developed by experts, these activities and games when implemented daily into one’s life will help boost happiness!
  • Super Better: This app has been likened to a video game as it utilizes the completion of quests, activation of Power-ups, and battles with Bad Guys to strengthen social, mental, and emotional resilience.
  • Happier: This app functions as an on-the- go gratitude journal to help individuals appreciate the present moment. Happier also offers interactive courses designed to shift one’s focus away from negative thoughts and onto happiness and joy!