What to download: Happier

logo_round_largeI really don’t remember how I came across this app, perhaps an ad. Or it must have just been a funny little gift from the Universe. It’s well published on here how I try to find little things each and every day to make those around me and myself happier. That’s the entire point of this blog after all. So when I did stumble upon Happier, it was perfectly fitting.

Stealing the quote from Elibates straight from the Happier site (something tells me they won’t mind), Happier is “a delightful antidote to the relentlessly ironic snark of other social sites. And it does actually make you start noticing more of what makes you happier as you go through your day.”  After having really used it now (getting acquainted with the interaction took some time, as with all new social media wonders) I have to say it’s probably the most used app on my phone along with Facebook and Instagram . Next to Instagram, Happier is actually my favorite. And there’s a huge, rather obvious reason for that. Much like the Elibates quote says, it’s the antithesis of what most mainstream social media has become: a cesspool of negativity.

I’ve recently made a conscious effort to not post anything negative via my own statuses or comments on others’. It’s harder than you think; but well worth the effort. I follow a lot of celebs across all social media channels and I cannot believe the venom that spews on their posts. I understand they’re public figures and open themselves up to increased scrutiny, but come on. If you don’t like them, why even bother to follow them? That’s the part I don’t understand. There’s a difference between stating your opinion and being an ass.

Happier is now the escape from all of that. As the site states and we all know, expressing gratitude on a regular basis increases both happiness and health. Happier allows you to “keep a fun, social gratitude journal”, “Be inspired to make others smile” and “feel uplifted by [their] awesome community.” I agree with these statements 300%. Those I follow on there and everyone who follows me, they’re all complete strangers to me. That has made getting to know and appreciating the app actually much more intriguing. But I did want to share it with those of you, even those I DO know, who haven’t discovered it yet!

If you try it, let me know what you think!

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up! – Mark Twain

Xo, Nikki




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