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MENtal Health: Discover the app which helps you find your Happy Place

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From the coolest street art, to the cosiest bookshop, to the cutest café, there are happy places to discover everywhere.

Happy Place, an app that’s dedicated to helping you discover new, nearby happy places, focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of users. The app was developed by Wellbeing Enterprises to support people and communities.

Image credit: Happy Place

James Smith, who was involved in the development of the app, tells The National Student, “We all know that from time to time life can get stressful and we all need a small helping hand to improve the way we feel.”

The app aims to offer that “helping hand”. On the app, users can share their local happy places and see ones that others have shared. There is also the option to take a HappyPlace challenge to find places that allow you to connect, observe, learn, be active and more.

After finding and sharing your happy places, you can record your mood and track how you have been feeling over the course of a week.

Image credit: Happy Place

As urban living can increase mental health problems, this app could be particularly helpful for city dwellers. When the city begins to feel too loud, too busy or generally overwhelming, it's important to have spots that you can feel comfortable and happy in. If you're currently unsure of where those spots may be, the Happy Place app could help you find them.

"Sometimes studying, work, relationships and just life can get overwhelming and the app helps me to take time out of my day and recognise the good around me, and then log it to share with others," says James.

"Highlighting an app like Happy Place for men's mental health allows a discussion of how places make us happy," he continues. "Happy places not only aid our mental health, but can support our physical health too.

To find out more about Happy Place, visit their website here.

This article is part of The National Student’s MENtal Health series which is led by Laura Brown. You can see more from the content series here.

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