In the words of Bobby McFerrin’s hit song, we would do well to quit worrying and just be happy. “In every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double.” And if you don’t buy the idea that happiness is just a mere song away, there’s an app for that. A group calling themselves Mental Workout is hard at work designing and developing apps to improve your life by resolving issues and increasing your mental performance. Among their apps is, “Be Happy Now,” that promises to lift your mood, raise your self-esteem and bring you inner peace. And outer peace might not be such a bad thing either – just saying. The Mental Workout people are also behind the latest app, “Flying without Fear,” based on the course by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline. The app features a presumably calming introduction by Sir Richard himself, as well as relaxation exercises and fear therapy. There is also a “fear attack button,” with breathing exercises. Sir Richard throws in 2,000 airline miles to sweeten the deal. Of course much fear of flying would be alleviated by a trip to Sir Richard’s private, tropical island but that’s not yet in the works. The experts who helped design the apps have impressive credentials including Ivy League degrees. One of these is Dr. Stephan Bodian who wrote “Meditation for Dummies,” and another book called, “Wake up now.” His co-expert is Dr. Gregg Jacobs who wrote his own book, “Say Goodnight to Insomnia.” Whether you wake up spiritually or go to sleep, this team is your personal happy maker. As it turns out, science says that half of our happiness is hard wired at birth and the other half is up to us. “When you worry, your face will frown and that will bring everybody down…Don’t worry …” Ancient Chinese proverb says, “Standing on head makes smile from frown, but rest of face is upside down.”
Freelance artist, Harvey Ball drew the Smiley in 1963 to boost employee morale at an insurance company.