Happify app

An app for anyone who would like to improve their personal well-being and learn more about positive psychology.
Happify By Happify Inc
  • Goal setting
  • Follow different tracks based on your goals
  • Gamification
  • Reminders

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Country of origin USA
Clinical review Free version: 
Two out of five stars

Read a clinical review of this app.

Privacy and security  Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Yes
  • require a login? Yes
  • have password protection? Yes
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free – basic
Paid upgrade – $234.99 per annum/$24.99 per month 

What does the app do?

This app aims at making you feel happier. The core of the app is following different ‘tracks’ where you complete activities to reach a goal such as conquering negative thoughts, controlling anger, improving sleep etc. It uses ‘gamification’ with the ability to ‘level up’ and increase different ‘stats’ namely Savor, Thank, Aspire, Give and Empathise. The app is highly interactive, and there are many mini-games. You can take a positive psychology personality test to discover your strengths and then try and use these strengths in your daily life to increase wellbeing. For the complete app description, go to the App website(external link) , or iTunes(external link) and for a detailed review, see Reviews.


✔ Several trials published showing improvement in well-being in those with chronic health conditions and young people, but this research should be taken as preliminary given the lack of control groups in the studies and small sample sizes.

✔ Activities are extensively explained and referenced although exercises prescribed may be only loosely associated with the theories they reference.

✔ Community section, but I couldn’t see any evidence of it being extensively monitored.

✔ Complete a validated personal character strengths questionnaire.

✔ Paired website, can complete activities on all devices.

✔ Attractive format.

✘  Some mini games felt gimmicky and are only very loosely associated with the positive psychology research findings they claim to support.

✘ Free version is very limited.

✘ Navigation was very slow.

✘ App is glitchy and logging in on a phone can be difficult.

✘ The use of “tracks” or individually prescribed courses means that the user is set 3 or 4 daily tasks chosen by the app each day. It is difficult to use these tools and strategies outside the days they are prescribed, limiting users’ ability to learn how to use psychological tools and incorporate these into daily life. This is a very passive way of engaging in wellbeing strategies.

✘ Some users will find it frustrating to have little choice in the coping tools and strategies they use each day.

✘ New Zealand audiences may find some interpersonal tasks and assignments do not match their ways of expressing themselves in relationships.

Review details

  • April 2022; Android
  • April 2018; Android

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Credits: Healthify Editorial Team

Reviewed by: Kris Garstang, Clinical Psychologist, Life Mind Psychology

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