Android, meet Happier!

Well, first, Happier, meet Tony, who is one of our awesome developers and who has some pretty great news to share today:

This is Tony. Like all of us at Happier he loves giraffes. A lot.

Hi Happier community!

Today marks the first day that you can officially download Happier from the Play Store, and boy does it feel good!

While you may not be able to take your favorite course on the go yet, you can collect and share your happy moments and stay connected with our awesome community that makes Happier what it is! We’ve spent a good deal of time making sure all of the basics are there, so you’ll be able to do things like keep up to date with your friends, browse featured moments, and smile and comment at the things that made your day just that much brighter.

 Of course, with all new apps, there are going to be some small issues that have slipped through the testing cracks, but we’ll be keeping a close ear to the ground and make sure that the Happier for Android becomes the app that we would all want it to be! (We are always really excited to hear from you — yes, even when it’s to report a bug — so keep your feedback coming to team@happier.com.)

So what’s up next then? I’ll be working on search and notifications. Because these are quite big tasks, I can’t give you a shipping date yet but I promise they’ll be out soon! Once that’s done and we’ve added some of the community features our users love, I can start tackling courses and make sure that you can really get the full experience of Happier on Android!

Thanks everyone for being so patient with us on this and I’d love to give a big, huuuge thanks to everyone who joined as early beta testers. You guys were a great help and were absolutely fantastic at pointing out every little bug that I’d missed during the early stages of development.

Until next release!

Tony (and the rest of the very excited Happier team)

We moved! Welcome to Happier HQ v2.0

As the Happier community has grown by leaps and bounds, so has the Happier team. And our really stunning and spectacular office space just could not contain our awesomeness any more. Never being the kind of crew to shy away from an adventure, we embarked on a quest to find the perfect place to call home, Happier HQ v2.0 if you will. And last week we packed up our stuff (including 14 different giraffes and too many memories to count), put it all in a moving truck (ok, not the memories – those travel in our hearts) and moved about 0.5 miles across Boston to our new, happier home.

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 2.57.57 PMIt was no Oregon Trail, but our trek was no less harrowing and included two full truck loads of Happier stuff, one broken elevator due to overheating, and one team lunch (consumed on the floor with no chairs, plates or utensils). 

We are stoked to set up our new office, but more than that, we are most excited that this will be our first opportunity to truly create a space, that’s uniquely ours, together as a team. We’ll be retaining some of the elements that made the original Happier HQ “home”, but we’ll be creating new traditions, memories and of course happy moments along the way.

photo (37)Most of our bubble wrap was used to ensure that Petunia enjoyed a smooth, cross town ride to her new digs.

We’re not ready for the big reveal just yet, but we cannot wait to show you the new Happier HQ. We’ll be taking you on a grand tour when we’ve got it all set up in a way that makes us happierest. And for the foreseeable future you can find us at:

Happier HQ v2.0
123 South Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

Sent us a letter, we’d love to hear from you! But if efficiency is your game you can always reach us at team@happier.com.

 

 

Movin’ on up with Get Your Move On

Get Your Move On

You guys spoke. We listened. Our newest course in the Happier arsenal is a direct result of your feedback. Meet Get Your Move On. After the launch of resounding success Meditation Vacation, there was one piece of feedback we received time and time again:  more courses with Dave!

So Dave and Happier are together again to bring you Get Your Move On. This course combines walking and meditation, two habits which have been scientifically proven to help you be healthier and happier when practiced regularly. Each day of the course focuses on a theme that makes life more awesome. Gratitude, random acts of kindness and breaking out of your routine are just a few of the topics you’ll enjoy along this 7-day journey.  Each  day includes stories, real-life applications and mantras to bring these themes to life.

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We are beyond excited to share Get Your Move On with you all. While we may be somewhat biased, we think you’re going to LOVE it.  And as always, thanks for your awesome feedback on Everyday Grateful, Meditation Vacation and Yoga to Go.  Based on your feedback our team is learning and creating more exciting courses and content in the months ahead!  We cannot wait to hear your thoughts on our latest Happier creation. Enjoy!

 

A giant, grateful shout-out to our awesome users

happierhug[Image courtesy of Happier user John H.]

Needless to say, if you’re an active Happier user, you know that we had a looooooong weekend—our most catastrophic server issue ever took us offline for a couple of days (we don’t know about you, but it felt like several years to us, as we worked like crazy to fix it).

Everything is fine now, but for a little while there, it wasn’t. The team pulled together, the situation was resolved, but we knew that a system outage like that can make users grumpy… or downright angry… or even cause them to leave us altogether. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for any company, but when your business is happiness? Bummed doesn’t even describe the tip of the iceberg. We worried we were letting you down and you wouldn’t forgive us.

Well, it turns out we needn’t have worried, because the Happier community is even more awesome than we’d realized. (How is that even possible? We don’t know! You’re just that amazing!)

Users took to Twitter and Facebook to share happy moments while the app was unavailable. And the minute we were back up, you were there, ready to share in our happiness!

Check out Nataly’s relieved update and the outpouring of community happiness:
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(That was just all we could fit in a single screenshot, by the way; there were tons more comments just as kind and supportive. We were blown away by all of you, for real.)

And it didn’t stop there! Awesome user John H. made us the cool graphic at the head of this entry (while thanking us for our hard work), and plenty of other users weighed in to let us know you were just glad to be back with us. Here’s just a few of our favorites:

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In short (well, okay, not all that short): Something unhappy happened, and you made it way more bearable. We thought the story here would be that we were down (we were) and we’re so sorry about it (we are!) and besides fixing things on our end, we’d have to do damage control. Instead you were all there to thank us for our hard work and to celebrate our community. You are the reason we do what we do, and the reason we love it. Thank you for making Happier a place that truly does make us happier, every single day.

Happier goes on The Doctors!

OK, no pretending needed, we’re pretty insanely awesomely excited that Happier will be part of the The Doctors episode today. A lot of people watch the show and we get a chance to share some of our tips for being happier with them? Awesome.

(In the Northeast we’re on at 2pm EST. To check your local channel listings, click here.)

Not only is this the first time Happier is on national TV but this was the first time I taped a segment for a national TV show. WHOA does a lot go into a really short 2-3 minute segment. I have a whole new degree of respect for the hundreds of people putting on The Doctors (and other similar shows).

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One of the fun parts of being on the show was picking out some orange outfits to wear. The producers asked me to bring 4-6 different options with me, which would be fine except I didn’t have 6 different orange pieces I could wear for the show. And since you guys know I wear something orange every single day, help to the rescue.

My dear friend is also an awesome stylist, so I asked her to help me find some awesome orange. I ended up wearing this dress she found and even a few of the doctors on the show commented how happy it looked on set!

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And funny thing about the dress: Because it had no belt they had to put my microphone charger pack behind my neck, taped to the top of my dress. About half way through the segment I felt something drop and there was my microphone pack, hanging down behind me. Lucky for me Travis, the doctor wearing scrubs, noticed it, gave a signal to pause taping, moved me off stage to get it fixed, and then walked me back to the right spot. What could have been a really stressful moment actually turned into a really awesome one when he gave me a hug and told me I was doing a good job. PHEW, because even though I am used to big audiences and lots of lights, nothing is quite like this.

(Here’s me, backstage, as they are putting the microphone stuff back together. One of the producers captured this shot.)

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If you have a chance to watch our segment, have fun and if you’re here because you saw us on The Doctors, welcome to Happier! We’re really psyched you’re here :) (And if you’re wondering where to get started, check out my Everyday Grateful Happier Course, which is the foundation of the happier life tips I shared on the show.)

 

Got Chaos? Send it to Happier.

The Happier team is working hard to bring you lots more Happier courses. But even superheroes (does it count if we’re self proclaimed super heroes?) need a little help from their friends. That’s you! And this is where you come in.

Oh awesome Happiers, your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to show us your haphazard, most clutter-tastic, disorganized spaces. Yep, you heard that right. All Architectural Digest-ready spaces need not apply. And by all means, don’t clean up on account of us. The messier the better.

Send video or photos of your untidy spots to team@happier.com by May 14th.

Here are some ideas (potentially, we’re not judging) of disorganized spaces to get you started:

  • Refrigerator
  • Trunk of your car
  • Bathroom
  • Junk Drawer
  • Entryway
  • Nightstand
  • Desk
  • Kitchen

Grab your iPhone, shoot some home video (or take some photos) of your most chaotic areas, and if we use your footage or photos in our upcoming Organization Transformation course, you and a friend will get lifetime access to the course for free! Oh, and we’ll help you finally get those, umm… inefficient spots tidied up for you which should definitely make you happier.

Send your best err… worst to team@happier.com by May 14th to be considered.

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.

Blessings,
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!