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Why Try to Be Happier?

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Happier Every Day...

The world can be a big, dark, and lonely place at times. Studies show that only 33% of people consider themselves to be happy. On the bright side, this number is on the rise - more and more people find themselves becoming happier every day.

Physical Benefits

Studies show that people who are happier live longer and healthier lives. They have better immunity against chronic illnesses and are less likely to experience body pain.

Emotional Benefits

Happier people have a more optimistic outlook - they are able to find the good even in bad situations. This helps them combat stress, depression, sadness, and negative emotions.

Social Benefits

Happier people are more helpful, productive and creative. They are known to have more friends and to form healthier relationships. This equips them with a good support system.

What Makes People Happy?


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Biological Factors

Happiness is affected by genes - in fact, studies show that 50% of happiness is driven by genetic factors. It is also influenced by levels of several chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins.


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Social Factors

People who have deep, positive, and healthy connections with others tend to be happier. Studies also show that those who contribute to the society and participate in volunteer work have higher levels of well-being and life satisfaction.


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Personal Factors

Several personal factors affect the extent to which an individual feels happy. Research shows that commitment to leading a positive life, being mindful, having meaning in life, eating habits and lifestyle all correlate with one's happiness levels.

Strategies for Happiness


Building Strengths

Identifying and using one's strengths can help one perform better and build these strengths further. Identifying and overcoming weaknesses can help people feel happier too.

Practising Gratitude

When people express gratitude on a regular basis, they are able to train their brain to focus on the positive aspects of life. As a result, they are likely to feel more optimistic.

Nurturing Relationships

Human beings are social animals. Having healthy, satisfying relationships and a network of social support can help people face challenges in life and experience satisfaction.

Prioritising Self-Care

Self-care habits - like having healthy eating and sleeping patterns, focussing on new experiences, travelling and meditating - have been found to help people feel happier.


How InnerHour Can Help


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The happiness programme in the InnerHour app acts as a personal guide for helping individuals to live a happier life.

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By identifying areas for improvement with a quick assessment, the app builds out a personalised plan for each person.

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Through engaging and interactive activities, users can learn critical skills - such as gratitude and optimism - and can practise them over time.

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We also offer reading material to help users better understand the factors that influence their happiness.

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The option to track happiness levels gives individuals actionable insights to increase their happiness over time.

What our users say

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Experience Happiness

A joyful and meaningful life is within your reach. Grasp it now.


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References

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