The Science Behind Happify

Over the last 15 years, we've come to realize that the science of happiness is a serious and legitimate area of study, with a great deal of validated research and studies supporting it.

What We Have Learned

1. That the brain we're born with can be changed. Technically speaking, they call that neuroplasticity. (You can teach an old brain new tricks.)

2. We can change it by adopting new thought
patterns, by training our brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts.

3. All of us are hard-wired for negativity (blame
evolution!) but can profoundly benefit from learning new ways to react and deal with everyday stresses.

4. It doesn't take a lot of effort to make a real difference in your life. A few simple and even entertaining mental diversions done regularly will change things.

The Experts Behind Happify

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
Positive Psychology Researcher
Author of The How of Happiness
and The Myths of Happiness
Acacia Parks, Ph.D
Positive Psychology Researcher
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Positive Psychology Researcher
Author of Positivity and Love 2.0
Shawn Achor
Author of Before Happiness
Robert McGrath, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist and senior scientist for the VIA Institute on Character
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
Author of Hardwiring Happiness
Roberta Lee, M.D.
Author of The Superstress Solution
Derrick Carpenter, MAPP
Positive Psychology Coach
Kwabena "Bobo" Blankson, M.D.
Doctor & Medical Consultant
Gretchen Rubin
Author of The Happiness Project
John Gottman, Ph.D.
Renowned marriage researcher
Author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP
Positive Psychology Coach
Author of Creating Your Best Life
Afton Hassett, Psy.D.
Psychologist & Chronic Pain Expert
Michael Norton, Ph.D.
Harvard Business School Professor,
Co-Author of Happy Money
Emma Seppala, Ph.D.
Health Psychology Expert & Author
Denise Clegg, MAPP
Positive Psychology Coach & Mindfulness Expert
Ryan Niemiec, Psy.D.
Psychologist, Professor
Author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths
John Coffey, M.A., M.S.W.
Child and Family Therapist
Tina Chadda, M.D.
Psychiatrist & Mindfulness Coach
John Zelenski, Ph.D.
Happiness Researcher at Carleton University
Margarita Tarragona, Ph.D.
Psychologist & Author of Positive Identities
Sharon Salzberg
Meditation Teacher &
Author of Real Happiness
Itai Ivtzan, Ph.D.
Positive Psychologist
Orin C. Davis, Ph.D.
Positive Psychology Researcher
Elizabeth Dunn, Ph.D.
Psychology professor at UBC
Co-Author of Happy Money
Jared Minkel, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist & sleep expert
Andrew Scheffer
Mindfulness Expert
Stella Grizont, MAPP
Positive Psychology Expert
Founder of WOOPAAH
Ran Zilca
Research Scientist, Coach
Author of The Ride of Your Life
Michelle Gielan, MAPP
Author of Broadcasting Happiness
Judith Moskowitz, Ph.D., MPH
Social Psychologist & Research Director
Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD
Mindfulness meditation expert