Happiness-There’s an App for That!

The world of social media right now is full of uncertainty, worry, and grief. The stress of the world can be felt in every post, link, and like on the internet and can be overwhelming to those consuming this media. Thankfully, social media isn’t all stress and fear–there are some parts of the internet that dedicate themselves to pure happiness. 

Apps

Happify

This app operates for free with more advanced options available if you choose to get an $11.99/month upgrade. It is science-based and uses evidence-backed techniques to help you gain control over your stresses, feelings, and emotions. Experts in the field created this app’s online games and writing activities to help increase overall happiness of the user. 

Ten Percent Happier

Ten Percent Happier is a mindful meditation app designed to help users decrease stress and anxiety and increase happiness. The free version of this app includes stats and performance tracking as well as daily mindfulness reminders. The paid version of this app comes with hundreds of meditation recordings, personal coaching, and practical teachings to implement into daily life. 

Blogs

            1000 Awesome Things

            1000 Awesome Things is a blog dedicated to 1,000 things that make living life awesome. Each post features a simple part of life that universally feels great. Whether it be having a staring contest with a baby, creating an inside joke with a friend, or the good kind of stomach butterflies, 1000 Awesome Things talks about it and why it makes life so great. It’s an awesome blog to read when you want to appreciate the little things in life. 

            Action for Happiness

            Based off of 10 keys for happier living, Action for Happiness is dedicated to helping people create a happier, more balanced society. Through a variety of action steps, it teaches people how to become happier, live better lives, and practice kindness wherever they go. Action for happiness is more than just a blog, it is a community of like-minded individuals who want to create a joyful, compassionate society. This site features blog posts, facts, daily quotes, and instructions on how to live life to the fullest and practice happiness anywhere you go. 

Fun sites

            TED Talks

            TED is a nonprofit dedicated to spreading a wide array of information and ideas in the form of short “talks” meant to educate listeners in an engaging way. Listeners can filter the content on the websites by any keyword and they are not lacking in TED talks about happiness. Two particularly powerful TED talks are linked here and here

            ZooBorns

            When the world gets tough, sometimes you just need to see some baby animals to make you feel better. ZooBorns features pictures and videos of newborn zoo animals, as well as information about the animals, parents, and zoo. From aardvarks to zebras, ZooBorns has a plethora of baby animals when you need some cuteness to distract you from the stressful world around you.       

Online Therapy 

While not a form of social media, online therapy has gained popularity due to social distancing and other COVID safety measures. The world is a stressful place right now and it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to online therapy. These resources make it a little bit easier. The first is Betterhelp, which connects users to licensed therapists and provides individuals with web-based therapy appointments. No need to go to any office. Users can get the benefits of therapy right from their home. The next resource is TalkSpace. Similar to better help, it connects individuals with online therapy in the form of messaging therapy. Users can send their therapist a message whenever they feel like it, from whatever device they want. 

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Kudos Magazine Volume 6.2 By Daryn Green

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