Thankaday Applies Popular Harvard Course to Make You Happier

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Applying research from one of Harvard’s largest courses, Thankaday announces its public launch to help people become healthier and happier.

Recently featured by The Huffington Post, Thankaday, a site and app that helps its users notice and record the good things in life, is now available to the public. Inspired by one of Harvard University’s most popular courses -- Positive Psychology, taught by Professor Tal Ben-Shahar -- Thankaday is a digital gratitude journal which makes it easy and fun for users to acknowledge the positive things in life.

“Numerous academic studies show that regularly expressing gratitude can increase happiness by as much as 25%, and make individuals sleep better and have more energy,” says Thankaday co-creator, Warren Shaeffer, who overlapped with Ben-Shahar as an undergrad at Harvard. “In our fast-paced, competitive world we tend to focus a lot on what’s missing, or on what others have that we don’t … Thankaday helps us slow down a bit and take stock of what we do have; what is going right.”

Expressing gratitude is encouraged by practically every major religion as well as various thought leaders -- Oprah, Tony Robbins, and Dean Nitin Nohria of Harvard Business School, among others -- and Thankaday is a pioneer in creating a digital space dedicated to its practice.

"A lot of people feel uncomfortable consistently noting the things they're grateful for on Facebook or Twitter because it can come off as gloating or showing off," Alex Benzer, Thankaday’s other co-creator said. "Thankaday is a separate, safe space." In addition to being able to create public posts, users can also easily keep their posts private, another key distinction from other popular social media websites.

Thousands of people from across the globe use Thankaday to record and share what they’re thankful for and many more are joining daily. “We started Thankaday as a passion project for friends and haven’t spent a dollar on marketing. We’re thrilled to see it developing into something the world can enjoy,” said Benzer. New users can sign up at

About Thankaday:
Thankaday, based in Los Angeles, CA, was created by a group of entrepreneurs and designers with a mission to help people notice and share the good things in life. Through its online and mobile portals, Thankaday enables thousands of users around the world to connect through mutual appreciation of the positive.

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