Happify.com is the online home of Happify, a new company that claims they can use scientifically backed principles and exercises to help people improve their outlook on life and to actually become happier.
How Does It Work?
According to their website, happiness is a skill like any other, and can be sharpened and improved over time so that their members can be able to truly enjoy life and find joy easier than they used to.
When you sign up, you will fill out a brief questionnaire which will be used to analyze what areas of your life may be causing you the most stress or distress, and then you'll be given access to a variety of courses which can help you improve those areas of life.
These courses will include articles and exercises, with 20 different four part tracks, 10 of which are free to their members.
At this time, the Happify.com mobile application is available for iOS devices, and will likely be available on additional platforms in the future.
Happify members can choose from a variety of subscriptions, with price being determined by the length of subscription. Month-to-month subscriptions are priced at $14.95 per month, or $6.95 per month for annual subscriptions, and $4.95 per month for two year subscriptions.
Their website says that members who have purchased an annual subscription or two year subscription have 30 days from the date of purchase to cancel their subscription and request a refund of their fees. There are no refunds available for members who have purchased monthly subscriptions.
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This company has been getting positive reviews from both users and publications that are enthusiastic about their potential and abilities.
Competitors and Alternatives?
There are many different websites and companies that provide exercises for their brain, or provide self help articles and information, but this mobile application and website are specific for their goal to help build "happiness."
If you have experience with this company or their products, please leave your Happify.com reviews below.
4 ‘Happify.com’ Reviews
Based on research by some of the best scientists on happiness!
I found out about the website while reading an extraordinary book called "Love 2.0" which focuses on a specific type of happiness called love--all kinds of love, not just the romantic kind. The reasearch is extensive and sound and the strategies amazingly simple. I am a psychologist myself and can recommend this book as a consumer and as a psychologist. :D
Btw, I suggest using the website rather than the app. Much easier to navigate and no technical problems I've come across. Also, if you're buying the subscription, don't buy it at the full price. They regularly offer discounted prices! . . . And that should make you even HAPPIER!
Refused to Issue Refund
I stopped using the service after about 4 months. Playing "Angry Birds" clone game with sad words subbed in doesn't really make you happy.
Never-the-less they charged me for a second year recently and refused to issue a refund even though I hadn't logged into the service in such a long time. The "30 Day" refund window was shortened to 7 days and no notice was emailed to me that the charge had occurred.
In my opinion, this service offers junk science and dings you with fees when it doesn't pan out.
Very UN-happified by this shady encounter.
I LIKE Happify
I'm just using the free version so far, but think it will be worth the $7. month to upgrade. Here's why:
I think we DO need training to be happy- there is SO much unconscious 'training' in our lives to be fearful/anxious/and negative... Just look at the news, the focus on crime on a much of tv, listen to most people talk about the 'world today', etc. (Even though there is much reason for hope, and many violent crime numbers are actually down.)
It doesn't mean you put your head in the sand- it can be quite the opposite. I know WAY too many people that never voice their opinions because they are STUCK in negativity- they are overloaded. Instead let's clear our heads so we can MAKE positive action.
Specifically, so far my fav exercise is 'knock out worries' - it gives me a Visual to help when I start needlessly ruminating on something. Then I can move on to either rectify the situation, or refocus to something useful.
Obviously Happify isn't for everyone- but I DO like it.
happify sucks. They're trying to rip you off by drawing you in with activities that take time and then you don't get to see the results.
I just did a 10 minute personality survey and they won't even show me the results without paying.
This is "positive psychology" that's supposed to make me feel better. It's in the tradition of L. Ron Hubbard and other cultists. Make people feel good, but make them depend on you to feel good.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised considering the ubiquity of this kind of con these days. Don't know why I'm surprised, I guess just because this thing has trappings of legitimacy, like a write up in some business article I saw online as well as ads on facebook.
None of which is very convincing in retrospect. Hmm...
I guess when you wanna be happy it's easy to believe a smiling con man. Nothing new there