Happy Habits: Choose Happiness

Happy Habits: Choose Happiness is an Android™ app that is designed to help users identify thoughts and activities that can increase happiness in daily life. It contains information about depression and Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) approaches. There are a number of audio tracks in this app, some are meditation exercises and others are informational tracks on topics such as ‘common errors made in cognitive behavioral therapy’. Articles are also available. Happy Habits provides a questionnaire that can help users recognize problem areas in their life, and uses a point system to help users stay motivated. Users can write affirmations using the Journal feature.

Available for: Android™ devices
Company: Excel At Life, LLC
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders
Target demographic: Adolescents and Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.excelatlife.happiness&hl=en

Expert ratings and reviews

PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total score: 6/14

Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support:  1/1
Software support:  0/2

date of rating: June 2016

Explanation of the rating factors

MARS rating

Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score


Objective quality score: 3.50

Subscale scores:

Engagement: 3.20

Functionality: 3.75

Aesthetics: 3.17

Information: 3.90

Subjective quality score: 2.75

Perceived impact score: 3..33


Rated by: Queensland University

Date of rating: August 2016

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Expert review

Read the expert review by Jason Moehringer, PsyD

Research on the product

No specific research on the product. The company has a list of educational articles (not peer-reviewed) at http://www.excelatlife.com/articles_all.htm

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