My HappY Place – Happiness app for your iphone / ipad

happY-screenshotA few weeks back I got this email from a young fella called Zach Grossman, asking me if I’d like to review his iPhone app, My HappY Place.

Here’s an extract;

I’m sure you get e-mails like this all the time and I completely understand if you can’t help me out, but if you could offer any assistance at all that would be absolutely amazing. I spent a good chunk of my savings on this app after I graduated college and I’m really just trying to get it out there to as many people as possible. I think there are a lot of individuals who could really use something like this, especially many of your readers.

Well blimey. How could I refuse that? Anyone who’s poured their heart and soul into something will know exactly how it feels when you eventually finish it, and you’re faced with the gargantuan task of telling the world. Zach me ol’ chum, I’m happY to help.

Zach describes My HappY Place (the captial Y is intentional) as an app that “lets people store things that make them happy all in one place (music, photos, quotes, videos, journal entries). The idea is that if you’re having a rough or stressful day you can just go to your happy place to unwind a bit. It’s a simple app, but effective nonetheless.” What a great idea. Whenever life’s giving you a hard time you can take out your phone and find something that will put a smile back on your face. It’s like having a mini trophy board of sorts with you at all times. Fabulous.

Here are some of things I particularly like about it:happY-screenshot-150x150

  1. It’s incredibly easy to use!
  2. You can add pics and open them full size
  3. You can add and play songs
  4. you can add vids and play them within app
  5. you can have your own background image on app
  6. you can add info on journal dates past and present, and even include a picture

I didn’t really use the quote bank – I’d have liked to have seen a few more funny ones in there – but I suspect that’s just me.

As the app opens it asks you to complete the phrase  “Today I’m grateful for….” and there’s no ‘skip’ option available. I’ll confess that there were times I struggled to think of something, but that’s the point – and having read some interesting research recently on the power of “being grateful” I think this is a deceptively powerful feature. I’d like an option whereby the app could periodically prompt you to think of something throughout the day. What does seems a little odd is that you can’t scroll back through past gratitudes. Maybe that could be a enhancement for the future Zach?

Finally, I really like the way this app gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “go to your happy place”. Being a jaded cynical Englishman “going to my happy place” – sitting zen like on the floor and letting my mind float into an imaginery world of sunshine and flowers – isn’t something I’m very good at. Having an actual “happy place” (albeit virtual), on my phone,  at the tap of an icon, is actually very cool, and appeals to my need to make happiness a practical thing. And for a mere dollar (or 69p in the UK), it’s worth every penny.

You can download the app directly from iTunes (UK | USA)