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 works… even if you’re not already happy

Today’s user story really strikes a chord with me, because I, too, am the sort of person who is given to feeling like the glass isn’t half empty so much as it’s smashed on the floor and unusable. A lot of people make comments to me about how something like Happier “isn’t for me” and that’s when I want to jump up and down and say, “That’s why it’s exactly for you,” because even those of us who have more in common with Eeyore than Pollyanna can find it changing our lives.

Enough about me. Check out what Amy had to say:

Dear, dear, dear, dear, dear Team Happier…

I have been meaning to write to all of you for a while, now, to tell you of the effect that Happier has had on me and my life.

I saw the Happier App in December of 2013… it intrigued me, so I downloaded it. I took a perfunctory look around… wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I left it alone.

At about the same time, I started to see a therapist to help me learn how to cope better with some of the problems I have had to face. I know that everyone has their own special and unique set of challenges and issues, but some of the ones I have had to face… well, without going into specifics, let’s just say that they are particularly painful, unusual and of an ongoing in-your-face nature… and I defy anyone to face them with a perpetual smile on their face.

One of the things that I realized myself, though, was that attitude has almost everything to do with how well a person copes with anything that they are facing… and, simply put… my issues were not going to disappear, so I knew that what I needed was an attitude adjustment.

My therapist has been absolutely incredible in helping me with this. After a couple of weeks of getting to know each other, one of the first things that she suggested I do was to start a gratitude journal as a way to help see more positive things in my life. My assignment was to write down 3 things each day that I was thankful for (with the stipulation that there were to be NO repeats!). Some days were pretty bad and I had to get seriously creative in order to complete this task (I remember one day being thankful for indoor plumbing because I honestly could not think of anything else for which I could be grateful).

In any case… one problem I constantly ran into was that I would forget to write things down in my journal… and I would then beat myself up for not being consistent. Well… one day I remembered this cute little app I downloaded called Happier. Perhaps I could use THAT during the course of my day to keep track of a gratitude moment before it passed me by and I could then be more consistent.
Well… since then, I have not only been consistent, most days now are filled with many, MANY grateful/happy moments!

Now, I am not saying that my problems have gone away… or, that I deal with them perfectly… but I DO credit Happier and the Happier community with helping me to have a brighter outlook… a more positive attitude… a happier frame of mind. I now actively look for AND NOTICE any little thing that makes me smile or laugh, gives me a sense of peace, a feeling of accomplishment a sense of gratitude. And… I have also begun to look for things to share that may not necessarily be what I need… but may be just what someone else in my circle of Happyites needs. And…in seeing the Happier moments of others, I am reminded at times at some of the things that I have taken for granted… things that I SHOULD be happy and grateful for!

I apologize for the length of this message, but I really want to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have made this little slice of heaven possible. It has (without meaning to over-dramatize) changed my perspective… and hence… my life. Just writing this email… my heart is so full… I cannot thank you enough.

Please make sure that everyone connected to Team Happier knows that among the many many people who are thankful for all of you… one of them is pretty sure you may have saved her life.

Lots of love to each and every one of you…
Amy

Wow, Amy. You are awesome! Thank you so much for letting us know how much Happier has meant to you. I hope your story will inspire others to give the app a whirl (I don’t see how it couldn’t).

(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.)

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!