The Science of Happiness


Every human is unique, yet one thing we do all have in common:


We want to be happy.


Happy people tend to be healthier and live longer, have better relationships, more friends, get and stay married, are more pro-social, more engaged as citizens and more successful at work.


In science, when we study happiness, its referred to as well-being, since well-being is the state of being happy (and healthy).



What does it mean to be happy?


In the dictionary, happy is defined as a feeling of pleasure or contentment.


That’s still rather vague…


If we pick apart the origin it actually comes from the noun “hap + -y”. What is hap? Hap is defined as luck or fortune.


But is happiness really down to luck? And does luck here refer to being born happy, or what happens in your life, both?

Prof Sonja Lyubomirksy explored what affects happiness, dissociating genetics, life circumstances, and actions/thoughts.


She found that 50% of your happiness is down to genetics. What about the other 50%? Turns out that only 10% of your happiness is due to your life circumstances (e.g. stuff that just happens, or in other words whether you get lucky or unlucky). The other 40% are down to actions/thoughts!


That means 40% of your happiness is in your control.





That’s a lot of happiness! Just do happy things and think happy thoughts… but of course that’s easier said than done.


We at hiMoment believe that happiness is a muscle that you can train, and we can help you take control.


The hiMoment app is designed to embrace the individuality and uniqueness of each of our users so that each can capture and explore what makes them happy.

At hiMoment, we build on all the scientific insights about happiness but also focus on the individual.


This app is for you,

to help you take control

and increase your happiness.