Product - Happy Track - feel good music
Price - Free!
Website Link - http://www.happytrack.com/
Trial Period - 7th March 2016 - 21st May 2016
Happy Track App Review
A couple of months ago, one of the app creators reached out to us via our Facebook page and asked us whether we would write a review.
Though the app was a little out of the box in terms of directly helping people live healthier lives in less time, we were keen to explore what the app had to offer.
The market for happiness has absolutely exploded over the past few years and for good reason.
Being a happier and more optimistic person can have a huge range of benefits in addition to simply making life better!
There's lots of research on how being optimistic and happy can lead to better health, including:
- reduced risk of mortality
- resistance to disease
- pain tolerance
- heart health 
The connection isn't as well known to lots of the public, but with so much research pointing in this direction, we thought it was definitely worth giving the app a go!
The Happy Track App
It all starts with waking up and checking your phone (fairly standard right?). Around 8am, you'll receive a notification from within the app saying "Tough to feel happy".
Not to be interpreted as a euphemism, the app then takes a couple of seconds to prepare a new song with the sole intention of brightening your day.
The song will then be added to your new "happiness playlist", allowing you to listen to it at any time you like. The songs can also be shuffled and played to your hearts desire.
That's essentially it! Sounds great in theory right?
Wake up, have a great song to brighten your morning and then have an awesome day!
Sadly, humans aren't so predictable. It's also incredibly difficult to have a song, product or actually anything which will have a positive impact on every individual who comes into contact with it.
Whilst I admire Happy Track's vision and the idea, the generation of a single song in the morning didn't really have much of an impact unfortunately.
Happy Track - The Experience
As a fairly content guy already, I knew it wouldn't revolutionise my life, but I'd hoped for at least a little pick me up in the morning whilst travelling to my day job.
The idea is great, the functionality and design of the app is less so.
In terms of the day to day experience, it's good to have a new song sent to your mobile once you've woken up (before 8am in the morning I'll typically be a bit of a zombie myself.
What's not so good is if you don't actually like the song that's provided for you....
Of the many days I've used Happy Track, I've only really enjoyed maybe 10 songs or so (way less than 50% of all the songs recommended to me). When signing up to the app, there was no ability to state my musical preferences.
This lead to a whole string of old-school jive-style music singles playing through my phone in the morning which sadly, is just not my cup of tea (being British, a cup of tea makes me significantly happier than the Happy Track app did).
Secondly, the app only provides 1 song.
If you don't like the song? That's it, game over for today. Sadly, there's no option within the app to change your song for the day. This means you're likely to have a significant proportion of days opening the app and just being a bit disappointed - not ideal for being happier!
Finally, and it's not a big issue, is that the new song only becomes available at 8am. If you wake up and head to work alot earlier than this, you don't get to access your new song in the morning and you may be well into your day before you even touch the app.
PS - I'd also quite like to see some information on why the particular song choices come up, does a particular beat of music lead people to be happier on average? That would just be my curiosity though as I'm a bit of a geek in this area!
Happy Track - Conclusion
When the app developer's read this review, I'd just recommend 3 small changes which could completely change how the app can help people feel happier.
1 - Allow people to listen to multiple songs if they don't like the first option
2 - Allow people to state preferences on the types of music they enjoy
3 - Allow people to change the time that they receive their song for the day
In terms of the idea itself, I really like the vision on what the team has tried to achieve.
Helping people be happier is a very worthwhile ambition and to create an app that tries to do it for free is a great thing to do.
Whether it makes people happy or not, the app at it's core is a platform to find new music.
In this regard, there's not much to positively differentiate Happy Track from other music finding services such as Lastfm or choosic.
It's probably significantly quicker to spend 20 minutes creating a quick happiness playlist via either of these sites to listen to as you like.
If you're really keen to boost your wellbeing, there's significantly more you can do to boost your experience, try some of the following and see how you feel.
- Practicing gratitude (what 3 things were you grateful for today?)
- Saying thank you
- Exercise (e.g. HIIT training or an exercise class)
- Looking for the positives in every situation
- Giving gifts
- Spending time with loved ones
Do these things and you're likely to have a much more positive impact on your happiness than listening to a single and random song each day.
Have you used any other music apps yourself?
What are your favourite happiness strategies?
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