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Mind

New "Live Happy" iPhone App Claims to Bring iHappiness

DiscoblogBy Allison BondAugust 24, 2009 8:45 PM
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Can your iPhone make you happier? But of course, according to a new application called "Live Happy." The app is meant to boost contentedness by helping users practice "positive psychology." It's a technique that creates spurts of happiness that research suggests may boost overall well-being over time. The app is based on research by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, who has found that, for example, savoring common, yet pleasurable, experiences such as a hot shower can boost happiness. According to U.S. News & World Report:

The $6.99 Live Happy app allows users to track their happiness levels and practice some of her strategies—gratitude, for example, can be practiced by texting, emailing, or calling someone from your contact list. While Lyubomirsky is not profiting financially off the new app, she will be using it to study how her recommendations work in the real world.

So are iPhone users jumping to nab this joy-bringing app? Not all of them. When we offered one iPhone devotee a free trial of the app, he responded: "You know what would make me happy? Not spending so much time staring into an iPhone screen." Related Content: Discoblog: Why Our Oily Fingers Can Never Soil the iPhone’s Pristine Screen Discoblog: iChoc: New Chocolate Factory Operated Entirely by iPhone Discoblog: Most Offensive iPhone App Ever? “Baby Shaker” Endorses Infanticide

Image: flickr / William Hook

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