I recently pushed myself into a personal journey, the quest to become a happier person. My name is Sunny, so being filled with joy should be second nature. But I’ve found that all sorts of issues from my health, to working too much, to financial stress, to general pangs of mom guilt, to not having enough time in the day to do simple things like the dishes, have been having a negative effect on my psyche.
All I want is to be happy. I’ve been working on little ways to make that happen. I’ve been taking more breaks. I’ve been trying to get more exercise. And I’ve cut down in letting negative stories enter my day. It may have a tinge of apathy, but reading about the horrors of the world can really bring one down. I’m not saying that I’ll be donning rose colored glasses 24/7, just that I’ll limit the sad stories that enter my mind, when it’s practical. One place I generally get sucked into sadness is online; reading about tragedies, accidents and global horrors. As a antidote to angst of all sorts, there is a site that not only will avoid all negativity but that is focuses only on the happy. It’s aptly named Happier.
Happier is a social network where users share happy moments, simple, wonderful, tiny, little, happy moments. “On Facebook, God forbid I post a comment that I took five minutes to have a cup of coffee,” Nataly Kogan, the co-founder and chief executive of the company said to the New York Times. “You post the best latte in your life on Facebook.”
Happier is available on the web and via its iPhone app and so far, a “a million happy moments have been posted to the site by more than 100,000 people.”
And you know what? It works. Seeing happy people doing happy things does have soothing effect. Sure, you might find yourself craving a cannoli or being a bit envious of a a user’s vacation on the beach, but being bombarded with happy moments is far less of a bummer than any standard news site.
“Seeing what makes other people happier is as valuable, or maybe more valuable” than sharing your own happiness, she said.
Would you delve into the land of Happier?
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