Happify anyone?

I love to follow many different blogs through Feedly.  It's a great way for me to pretend to stay on top of the websites I mean to visit but don't really have the time to.  One of the sites I follow is called Tiny Buddha:  Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives.  It is a great place for me to go and spend 15 minutes when I start to feel overwhelmed with life and all of my commitments.  Simple comics such as this one make me laugh and remind me not to take life so seriously:

Do More, Do Less form Dharma Doodles

Recently, an advertisment on Tiny Buddha struck my fancy so I clicked and ended up at Happify, a site that utilized activites to “build your happiness skills”.  I signed up for a free trial just to see what is was all about, because all of us want to be happier, right?  From my initial first clicks, the site seems to employ a lot of the same techniques that cognitive behavioral therapy uses to change someone’s thought processes through exercises and building new habits.  Has anyone used Happify or something similar?  I’d be curious to hear about your experiences.

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  2. I was just having a look having a LOT of exposure to CBT and various other methodologies to assist me managing GAD. If it is what it looks like, it is similar to the ‘gratefulness’ bandwagon. I have found these types of activities somewhat easier to absorb and involve myself than Mindfulness training as it plays on encouraging certain core beliefs around our personal value. I don’t see it as a ‘therapy’ so to speak as much as a habit to distract you from dealing with issues we aren’t ready or don’t want to face yet. Just my own experience of course.

    • I agree about websites such as Happify not being therapy. I am interested to see how the inclusion of CBT makes it different. I’ll let you know. I have had a lot of luck with CBT on a one-on-one basis with a therapist, a lot of the focus has been on practical techniques to keep moving forward but lately we’ve been working on untangling some of the older memories/issues and working through those. It’s hard work! Thanks for sharing Race!

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