The series of articles I’d been writing on the topic of joy and happiness seems to have snagged some interesting readers. Today I got an email from a company called “Happify Pioneer” asking if I’d like to help test pilot some happifying techniques.
Their website says they’re looking for folks to:
- Explore new happiness habits by completing 4-7 quick Happify activities per week for 4 weeks.
- Follow, comment and cheer on others on the site.
Adam and I recently saw the movie Happy about the growing movement of researchers along these lines, and I must say it was fascinating stuff. Scientists are figuring neurological evidence for stuff we’ve known works all along, like that trying new experiences (*having Amazing Days*) gives you happy kicks. And being around other people, and helping people, and being grateful. This is not rocket science, especially if you’ve looked inside a Bible.
But what do you all think? Do you think you can improve your life with 4-7 “Happifying” activites per week? Or is happiness something you can’t just muster up with tricky techniques?
And if so, what would you list as your top Happify activities?
What would this study include, if you were in charge of it?