We’re thrilled to announce: Yoga to Go!

Photo of Chrissy and her faithful dog, Ellie, by Steph Burton.
[Photo of Chrissy and her faithful dog, Ellie, by Steph Burton.]

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here: Our newest Happier baby—in mobile course form, naturally—is now live and ready for purchase. Yoga to Go is our third course offering, and like other Happier courses before it, the goal is simply to help you be happier.

The number of people practicing yoga is growing exponentially, yet we know that for many, getting out to a class can be intimidating or a logistical hassle. Even for those of us who enjoy the studio experience, in the daily craziness that is modern life, it can be hard to carry that serenity-on-the-mat feeling forward into the rest of the day. That’s why we created Yoga to Go to work for everyone, anywhere you have your mobile phone, and it can serve as either an introduction or enhancement to a daily yoga practice.

We teamed up with yoga expert Chrissy Carter to create the perfect blend of inspiration and practicality. Chrissy is all about living your yoga, taking it off the mat and into all aspects of your life, so she was a natural choice when developing the course. Together we’ve created a week of instruction, encouragement, and a framework that allows you to incorporate yoga into even the busiest schedule.

A lot of different factors go into course development here at Happier, obviously, and we won’t bore you with the specifics, but we do need to point out one important thing. As a new company, we’re learning as we go, and it’s the enthusiastic, thoughtful, and yes, sometimes even critical feedback from you—our awesome Happier community—that helps us to keep getting better and better. We’re awfully proud of Yoga to Go, and you helped us make it great by telling us what you loved about Everyday Grateful and Meditation Vacation. So thank you for helping us grow. (You make us happier!)

We hope you’ll check out Yoga to Go and give it a try. Namaste!

Happier in the checkout line

We’ve been so hard at work here at Happier, we almost—almost!—missed sharing an inspirational user story this week. This is such a great one, though, that it instantly made us happier… and we think it may do the same for you. Here’s the email that came to Nataly:

I have been so impressed with this app; I downloaded it around New Year’s, for my resolution to be more thankful this year (at least vocally so). Wow, has it done wonders for my attitude! I actually go throughout my day now, looking for excuses to be happy.

An example of this: just the other day, as I was standing in the grocery line, some issue was holding up the person who was checking out ahead of me. The cashier was getting agitated, the customer was more so, and both turned toward me to apologize for holding things up. I just smiled, and said how thankful I was that I had a chance to rest before I had to pack all the groceries that were in my cart into my car! Their looks were priceless, but they both relaxed and we all just chilled for a bit until the issue was taken care of.

Honestly, if I had been in that situation two months before I started using the Happier app, I may have reacted in a negative way—further aggravating the situation and stressing out everyone, including myself!

So, having said all of that, thank YOU!! Thank you for the awesome idea and implementation of creating such a positive app—a great experience that I personally think is FAR better than any social network out there. I could spend so much time on Facebook and get off feeling just crappy about my own life; but with Happier, I spend any length of time on it, and I leave feeling amazingly uplifted and encouraged!! What a difference.

I could obviously go on and on! Suffice it to say, the Happier app has made me Happier. I don’t think that you guys should change a thing.

Christina P.

Thanks so much for writing, Christina. Happiness really is the gift that pays itself forward, even in places as mundane as the grocery store!

(Do you have a story to share about how Happier has affected your life? We want to hear it! Write to us at team@happier.com.)

Mrs. Manzer’s class makes us happier!

We get all kinds of awesome user feedback that makes us happier, but the story we’re sharing today holds a very special place in our hearts—how could we not be thrilled to hear that Happier is making a difference in a classroom? Just try not to smile at this one:

Hello again,

Earlier this week my class watched Nataly’s TED talk and it couldn’t have been more of a success! My students were so engaged during her presentation. Many have never watched TED talks before so they were curious. During the presentation, students had to respond to questions I created to assess their comprehension. After the presentation, I asked students to flip their papers over and write down a happy moment they had today. Then they shared it with each other and some shared with the class.

Happier Goody BagBut, as suspected, some students said they didn’t have any happy moments which posed a great opportunity to give them their surprise bags! I asked them to look inside their desks and instantly the happy faces evolved.

Thanks again for sharing the cards! The students loved them and are keeping them in circulation within our school. My students wanted me to please extend a heartful thank you to Nataly for her courage to share her story and to remind others to embrace those happy moments in life:)

Signed one happy teacher:)
Mrs. K. Manzer

You can read more about Mrs. Manzer’s class—and their work on being happier—on her class blog. We can’t wait to see what her students come up with next!

(Do you have a story to share about how Happier has affected your life? We want to hear it! Write to us at team@happier.com.)

Your Monday antidote: Happier Kool-Aid!

We’ve been so busy here at Happier, we haven’t kept up on sharing user stories the way we’d originally planned. But everyone can use a little bit of extra happiness on a Monday, right? This particular user story seems like just the ticket, and it would be selfish to keep it to ourselves.

I’m spreading the word of Happier at my work. I drank the Happier Kool-Aid and will never stop drinking it. EVER! (This is what I emailed my coworkers about the changes in my life and how I’ve been changed.) You guys are truly amazing and awesome and I really appreciate everything. I am so thankful and grateful that Nataly created this concept and turned it into the amazing life changing app that it is.

I can tell you for a fact it’s been somewhat life changing for me. Any time I’m having a bad day, I open up the app. Just reading others’ happy moments helps me. I always try to find 3 happy things from every day, no matter how big or small, and enter them. I feel better afterwards because that’s what I’m focusing on — happy moments, not the call that upset me, my friend who said something I didn’t like, or if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, etc. I feel it’s even helped me to look at what I have vs. what I may want (or think I want). I feel I live more in the moment because I’m now consciously looking for those happy moments and not looking for what’s up ahead. I can’t say enough about this company and the positive changes it’s been making in my life and the lives of the people already using it.

I love you guys and I don’t even know you!
Brandy M.

Brandy, I think I speak for the entire Happier team when I say: Wow, this made us happier! Thank you so much for writing, and for being part of the Happier community.

(Do you have a story to share about how Happier has affected your life? We want to hear it! Write to us at team@happier.com.)

Contest! Spiritual Gangster + Meditation Vacation = BFFs

Do you know about Spiritual Gangster? Here at Happier we dig their vibe; what could be cooler than clothing and gear for a new generation of yogis, those who seek balance between the ancient practice of yoga and our modern world? (Hint: Nothing, that’s what. Yoga for real folks + hip duds to match = happier us!)

NK-Spiritual-GangsterCheck out our Chief Happiness Officer Nataly Kogan rocking her new gear! (Did karma really make her do it? She’ll never tell.) Anyway, what a great excuse for us to team up for a contest. We love Meditation Vacation, we love Spiritual Gangster… this is a peanut-butter-cup-union-level happiness moment waiting to happen.

Naturally, we’re taking to Twitter once again, starting tomorrow morning (Wednesday, March 26th, 2014). Tweet and win, people. You’ve got three days to win big. The process couldn’t be simpler:

1. Us: stoked. You: Similarly stoked, over 18 years of age, with a Twitter account.
2. Follow @happier and @sgangster.
3. Every morning at 8am (Eastern time), look for the #SGForMV question of the day.
4. RT the question, along with your answer (and be sure to include #SGForMV).
5. We’ll choose a winner at 5pm (Eastern, again) each day.
6. On the first day, we’ll give away a Meditation Vacation course. On the second day, we’ll give away another Meditation Vacation course. And on the third day, one lucky grand winner will receive a free Meditation Vacation course and a $75 gift certificate to spend at Spiritual Gangster.

The contest kicks off tomorrow morning (March 26th) and will run through Friday (March 28th). Don’t miss it!

Happy International Day of Happiness!

Here at Happier HQ, we think every day is a great day to be happy, but today the whole world agrees—it’s the International Day of Happiness! It’s totally a real thing, and we didn’t even invent it (the United Nations General Assembly did, so, y’know, it’s legit). We have a few humble offerings for you to celebrate the day:

  • If it makes you happier to read nice things about Happier (it works for us!), check out this USA Today piece on the day, featuring none other than our very own Chief Happiness Officer, Nataly Kogan.
  • As a special, one-day, hooray-for-international-happiness celebration, we are offering our mobile Meditation Vacation course for just $9.99, today (March 20th, 2014) only! That’s half price, which seems like the least we can do on such an auspicious day.
  • Need some quick-and-easy reminders of simple ways you can be happier, whenever? We put together the handy-dandy infographic below to help. Save it to your desktop, make it your wallpaper, print it out and staple it to your dog (just kidding on that last one; please use tape)—whatever works for you, we’re happy to lend a happiness boost, today and every day.

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All Aboard — Meditation Vacation is now departing!

Did you have a good weekend? It was an exciting one at Happier headquarters — after much anticipation and tons of hard work from our team, our second Happier course launched amidst much fanfare! (And by “much fanfare” we of course mean that we assume the folks who pre-ordered were delighted to begin their week of guided meditation, plus there may have been some celebratory dancing here in the office.)

 Meditation Vacation was developed along with Dave “Yeah Dave” Romanelli, a pioneer in modernizing yoga and mindfulness practices to make them accessible to everyone, no hippy-dippy-ness required (unless that works for you, of course). We knew there was no one better suited to help us develop a Happier mobile course in meditation, and Dave did not disappoint.

Look; when your mission is spreading happiness, you have to accept some hard realities… like that if happiness was easy and obvious, everyone would already be happy all the time and we would need new jobs. We knew from our scientific research that meditation has been proven to make people happier. We even knew that this isn’t exactly news. So we started with the barriers to developing a meditation practice: Time, first of all. Most people say they don’t have time to meditate because they’re too busy. In developing Meditation Vacation with Dave, we were able to keep each daily meditation practice under 10 minutes — enough time to truly connect and relax, but not so much time that you’ll be tempted to skip because you have other “more important” stuff to do.

Next, we moved on to the typical protestations about not being the “meditation type” or feeling weird sitting in the lotus position or whatever. Here’s where Dave’s talents really shine — throughout the week of guided meditations, tips, and stories, Dave does a masterful job of pointing out that the best meditation is the kind that works for you, whatever that may be. You don’t have to sit a certain way (or sit at all!) or do it when someone tells you is the optimal time. Our Meditation Vacation is like any other vacation in that it’s about doing what you want. After all, how could you be expected to make meditation a regular practice if you aren’t given the guidance and space to make it your own?

Because Meditation Vacation is right there on your phone, within the Happier app, it goes where you go and is ready whenever and wherever it best fits into your life. We think that by the end of the week, you’ll be hooked on your new meditation practice. And just as with every Happier course we offer, once you’ve purchased it, the content is yours to go back to again and again, as many times as you like. At just $19.99 for the week and unlimited access to the course content, we think it’s the best vacation bargain around.

Couldn’t you use a vacation…? Join us!