Mappiness: Mapping happiness on an iPhone

I often write about techniques that help you live happier. Now there is a free app for the iPhone that may help you do the same. The software, developed by a team of British researchers, allows you to analyze when and where you are the happiest. The findings can give you some insight into your life and help you make lifestyle changes that make you happier.

The name of the app is "Mappiness" and it was developed as part of a research project by George MacKerron and Susana Mourato at the London School of Economics and Political Science. ( click here to see the app’s page )

Users can set up the app to "buzz" them several times a day; they then answer a few simple questions as to what they are doing, where they are, and how they rank their happiness at that moment. As part of the research project, this data is collected and analyzed. After some time, certain patterns may become apparent, both at a national level, in this case Great Britain, and for the individual user.

For example, at the national level, they found that most people in the UK are the happiest Saturday evening and the least on a Tuesday morning.

And at the individual level, one person tells how she found out that she is happier having lunch outside, so now she makes a conscious effort to do just that

The application was created for users in the UK as part of the research, but people in other countries can use it as well if they simply adjust the ring-times to their time-zones.

Enjoy mapping your happiness!