World Happiness Day: Three apps designed to make people happy

world happiness day
Three apps designed to make you happy

Happiness apps give their users positive thoughts.

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Looking for happiness? There are apps for that too! These three applications promise to support their users in salvation.

In 2012, the United Nations decided on World Happiness Day, ten years ago. However, he will not celebrate his milestone birthday until next year, as it was officially celebrated for the first time in 2013. At the time, hardly anyone thought of finding happiness with the help of computer software. Today, however, there are apps that promise just that. That’s three of them.


the Happify app says it wants to help its users “reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build greater resilience.” For this purpose, the operators of the positive thinking app provide courses that are suggested individually after filling out a questionnaire. To establish a positive thinking routine, there are 58 different main activities to choose from, divided into hundreds of variations. A total of 1,200 different activities are available, from meditation to mini-games to reflective writing tasks. How many courses users have access to depends on whether they are premium users or not: The basic app is free for Android and iOS, an annual subscription costs around 130 euros.


Also available for Android and iOS SuperBetter App aims to help people think positively. It is aimed at those who are struggling with depression and other mental illnesses or are in a life crisis such as unemployment or divorce. “SuperBetter” also relies on science with its methods and claims to have been proven to contribute to the mental health of its users. The app, which is also available as a website, is completely free.

Headspace: Mindful Meditation

Many people agree that the key to happiness is found in meditation. But because this also wants to be learned, offers the app “Headspace: Mindful Meditation” guided meditation courses. These are aimed at both beginners and advanced practitioners. The aim of the app is to lower the stress level of its users and to ensure relaxation, which is also expressed in better sleep. The app’s inventor, Andy Puddicombe, was a Buddhist monk himself for ten years and it is largely his voice that guides the guided meditations. A female voice is also available for sleep meditation. Headspace costs 12 euros per month or 60 euros per year and is available for Android and iOS.


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