Today we launch the Happy for Life app, offering you a chance to increase your happiness with some simple daily actions.
Every day for the next three months we’ll suggest three things for you to do, ranging from “Tell someone you love them” to “Plant a tree”, “Go for a swim”, “Cancel an appointment” or “Have a good cry”. Even the smallest of these gestures will encourage you to strengthen your relationships, look after your body and mind, unleash your creative side and contribute to the community. However cheerful – or miserable – you think you naturally are, that could give you an extra lift.
There are no penalties for skipping a day, a week, or even a month, except that you’ll have fewer opportunities to try new things.
The app lets you rate each activity you take part in, so you can build a picture of what makes you happiest. If you’re the sharing kind, you can easily tell your friends and family what and how you are doing.
We hope to learn some lessons from this grand experiment, so data from the app will be fed – anonymously, of course – into Happy for Life’s online “dashboard”. Your information will remain strictly confidential, but we’ll be tracking the collective results online, to see which actions produce the best results. If you’ve always wondered whether a long bath is more likely to make you happy than watching the sun set, for example, there could soon be a definitive answer.
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