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  • feedwordpress 17:21:58 on 2022/04/27 Permalink
    Tags: , , Happier app, happiness tools, , the happier app, Webby Awards   

    The Happier App Won the Prestigious Webby Award! 

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    We won a Webby Award!

    I'm thrilled to announce that the Happier™ app has been named the Best Visual Design (Function) for Apps and Software in the 26th Annual Webby Awards Internet Celebration. Named the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.

    “The Happier app has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

    IADAS is comprised of Internet industry experts including Kerstin Emhoff, Co-Founder & CEO – PRETTYBIRD; Colleen DeCourcy, President, Wieden+Kennedy; Arlan Hamilton, Founder & Managing Partner – Backstage Capital; John Hanke, Founder & CEO – Niantic; Nikole Hannah-Jones, Creator – 1619, The New York TimesRenita Jablonski, Director of Audio – The Washington PostMikael Jørgensen, Founder & CEO – &Co; Monica Lewinsky, Activist, Fashion Designer & Producer; Swizz Beatz & Timbaland, Music Producers & Co-Founders  – Verzuz; Vanessa Pappas, COO – TikTok; Daniel Reynolds, Vice President, Digital Media – Disney; Dara Treseder, SVP,  Head of Global Marketing & Communications – Peloton; and Maya Watson, Head of Global Marketing – Clubhouse.

    For the Happier app, I’m working with an extraordinary team to build a beautiful tool that helps people make their lives happier, and it's an honor to have our hard work recognized in this way. A huge “thank you” to everyone who voted for us in the Webby Awards People's Voice, and to everyone who has downloaded and used the Happier app.

    One of my aphorisms is “Beautiful tools make work a joy,” and one of my chief interests is how people can effectively change their habits, and it has been so gratifying to think about how to make a habit-change tool that's highly effective, easy to use, and attractive to the eye.

    If there's one thing I've learned about habits, it's that we're far more likely to do something if it's even slightly more convenient or pleasant, and far less likely to do something if it's inconvenient or unpleasant. For that reason, we took enormous care to make the app intuitive and easy to navigate.

    Also, I've learned, there's no one magic solution for habit change; we all have to use the approach that works for us. (If you want to hear me explain the best way to change a habit, listen to this two-minute Happier episode here.) So the Happier app is a tool that is highly customizable—it reflects your nature, your aims, your preferences.

    As we all know, it's hard to make things easy, and simplicity is complicated. I'm constantly astonished by the ingenuity of the solutions that the team dreams up.

    We're still working hard to make the Happier app even better—simpler, richer, more beautiful, and more customizable. Onward!

  • gretchenrubin 16:00:11 on 2022/04/25 Permalink
    Tags: , calendar of catalysts, good habits, , happiness tools, minor holidays, resources,   

    For Happiness and Good Habits—More Dates for the Calendar of Catalysts! 

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    I'm a big fan of any reminder to stop to consider what changes could make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative—whether that prompt comes from the New Year, a birthday, Valentine's Day, a significant anniversary, or official "days" like "Earth Day."

    Some people (Questioners!) often object to using a date like January 1, because they consider the date arbitrary. It's true, it is arbitrary—and why wait? Now is always the best time to begin.

    External dates can be valuable reminders to reflect. In the tumult of everyday life, it's hard to remember to step back, reflect, and think about what changes we'd like to make.

    For that reason, I've been working on a Calendar of Catalysts—a menu of dates to use as reminders to stop,  evaluate, and plan. I want to offer a range of choices, because different dates will appeal to different people.

    I added a bunch of dates, then asked people for more suggestions—so have added a few more.

    General dates:

    March 21—3-2-1 is a great day to "blast off" on a project or undertaking you've been meaning to start

    March 25—National Waffle Day is a day to make any decision you're "waffling" about

    May 23—May 23 is the 143rd day of the year, which has been declared "1-4-3 Day" in honor of Fred Rogers and is a day for acts of kindness and neighborliness. "Mr. Rogers" used the numbers 1-4-3 to stand as a code for "I love you" (based on the number of letters in each word), and the number also had significance in his personal life—for instance, he weighed 143 pounds for thirty years.

    August 8—8/8 is a day to evaluate your eating choices, and consider making healthy changes

    October 10—10/10 is a day to celebrate everything that's going right

    Ideas? I'm trying to think of a way to use the number "1729"—a Hardy-Ramanujan number or taxi-cab number—but I haven't figured out a way. This could be a day to remember that the curious, engaged mind can find the world to be a fascinating place, and to push ourselves to learn something new.

    For personal dates:

    A date that might be meaningful is your "Name Day." I learned about name days from one of my favorite works of children's literature, Jennie Lindquist's wonderful The Golden Name Day (Amazon, Bookshop). In that novel, Wendy is sad that her non-Swedish name isn't listed in the Swedish Name Day calendar; these days, however, it looks like you can find many names online. I learned that "Gretchen" day is June 10—though more traditionally, as a diminutive of "Margaret," it might be May 23 or January 25. I have options!

    I also like the idea of using a date based on your street address to remind you to make repairs, buy necessary supplies, clear clutter, consider a move, or complete delayed household projects. For instance, if I still lived in one of my childhood homes, I could use the date of April 21, because our street address was 421. (This won't work for every address, however.)

    If you'd like to hear my sister Elizabeth and me talk about the Calendar of Catalysts on the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast, we discuss it in episode 364.

    If you'd like to download a free, updated PDF of the Calendar of Catalysts, it's here.

    Thanks to the readers and listeners who sent along their suggestions! And keep them coming! Creating the calendar has been such a fun and useful exercise. Also, I'd love to hear if you've found this calendar useful, as a catalyst for making change in your life.

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