In recent years, we have made a lot of progress in our understanding of happiness. The science of happiness, Positive Psychology, has helped a lot in understanding what makes us happy and how we can become significantly more content in our daily lives. Positive Psychology has provided us with scientific guidelines for a better life, and a lot of the practices that it suggests are very simple. Many practices, for instance, are associated with journaling. You can write down the things you are most grateful for every day or the things that were the most  positive aspects of your experience. If we are consistent, these practices can make a sizeable impact in our happiness every day. Research has found that people who kept a gratitude journal over the course of 10 weeks had gains in their mood, optimism, sleep, and happiness levels overall (Emmons & McCullough, 2003). Steindl-Rast, a monk and scholar, suggested in his Ted Talk that happiness is born of gratitude. When we are grateful and recognize what we have rather than what we lack, we are able to feel truly happy. But it’s not easy to be grateful. It requires a lot of work to change our worldview to being positive. Negativity is easy: negativity surrounds us. For many, self-criticism becomes very natural and automatic. We find it easy to recognize the flaws in ourselves, the lack of accomplishments, and other issues. This is why a constant, daily practice becomes a way of becoming more grateful and much happier as well. It can be easy enough to keep a journal focused on gratitude but there are ways to maximize the impact and make it even easier for yourself.

Meet Positivt. Positivt is an app based on the advances made within Positive Psychology,which means it incorporates scientific research into its features. It is based on research focused on gratitude and optimism, as well as on studies on the benefits of exercise and sleep for our happiness. Positivt is a tracker and a journal app that will help you keep track of the good things in life. It has 6 parameters you can track: gratitude, mood, goal, weight, exercise, and sleep.  Each day, the user can enter these 6 parameters to track their progress and also to record the positive things that have happened today.

In order to maximize our happiness, we need to live in the moment. However, if we only live in the moment, we won’t be able to effectively plan for the future. Happiness specialist Dr. Ben-Shahar (2007) has proposed the idea that we need to balance living  for today and for tomorrow at the same time. This helps us find balance between the immediate needs we have and our long-term goals. In order to effectively become happier, we need to balance gains and pleasure. Positivt allows you to reward yourself for your daily progress by recognizing this progress and acknowledging how far you’ve come today and also to understand how well are you planning for tomorrow. Ben-Shahar also argues that happiness is not something you achieve: it’s not the end goal that you reach and then have, but it’s a journey. Happiness is something you need to work towards every day.

Positivt allows you to track your progress and also commit to moving towards happiness every day. It becomes a way to recognize the course you’re charting when you can see it in graphic form every day. This provides you with feedback and helps you create the journey, recognizing your daily steps towards your happiness.

Positivt has several important benefits. First of all, it’s easy and quick to use and integrates the different parameters into a single digital journal. Secondly, seeing the progress that you make in clear graphic form can motivate you to achieve more and encourage you to keep going. We know that feedback is essential to our motivation (Fishback, Eyal, & Finkelstein, 2010), and the app will provide a handy tool to receive feedback every day. Thirdly, it will help you focus on the good things in life, which will help you change your outlook for the better and also enhance your mood. Positivt is also meant to help people recovering from depression, as it can help raise negative moods and also track progress and achievement in relation to mood and other factors that may be influencing depression or connected to it, like sleep.

Positivt also allows you to export your daily stats and the progress graphs directly to social media, allowing you to share your achievements with others. You can easily share them on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This can also be highly encouraging. When you publically share your commitment to a goal, you are more likely to accomplish it (Oppong, 2017). Plus, it can help others offer you support and positive feedback, which will also contribute to your commitment. It creates accountability and opportunities to help you stay on track.

Positivt is a tool that can help you take simple but very effective steps to making your life happier. It can also help you track your progress in several key aspects of your well-being, like sleep and exercise. The app provides regular and clear feedback that you can use to motivate yourself or change your behavior. It integrates a tracker and a journal to keep in mind the good things in life and recognize your own achievements. Positivit is rooted in science: the science of happiness, Positive Psychology, that has identified real, working ways of making yourself happier. Gratitude is one of the best tools at your disposal for this goal, so take advantage of it! Positivt recognizes the key aspect of happiness. We know it’s a journey, and we are here to make this journey as easy and smooth as possible and help you keep your commitment to yourself.

References

Ben-Shahar, T. (2007). Happier. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.

Fishbach, A., Eyal, T., & Finkelstein, S. R. (2010). How positive and negative feedback motivate goal pursuit. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4(8), 517-530.

Oppong, T. (2017). This is How to Increase The Odds of Reaching Your Goals by 95%Medium. Retrieved 26 January 2018, from https://medium.com/the-mission/the-accountability-effect-a-simple-way-to-achieve-your-goals-and-boost-your-performance-8a07c76ef53a

Steindl-Rast, D. (2013). What makes you happy? TED. Retrieved 26 January 2018, from