What makes you happy?

Throughout history, philosophers, religious leaders, and scientists have been looking for how we can live happier lives. In recent decades, doctors, neuroscientists, and psychologists have joined this search (1).

They are contributing new perspectives about the brain and mind, developing amazing techniques to leverage the human potential, and evolving psychological treatments to overcome emotional and behavioral health issues that directly impact happiness.

Hundreds of studies have demonstrated that these techniques, like behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies, are effective at improving personal relationships, increasing focus and productivity, and also at treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, and several other conditions.

Doing it yourself

The traditional source of help when dealing with these difficulties is a mental health professional, but taking the first step can be intimidating, not to mention, costly.

That leads most people to self-help solutions and other alternatives before seeing a professional.

Despite the fact that various studies identify several psychological treatments that people can successfully apply as self-help (2), it’s extremely hard to find the right approach that fits one’s needs and personal style.

The result is that it can take 10 years for someone suffering from an emotional health issue to find an effective solution (3).

Technology Boosting Happiness

Technology, by way of mobile devices, data science, and artificial intelligence, is now entering human’s quest in the search for happiness.

Youper blends these technologies to offer new possibilities to deliver effective treatments by making them more enjoyable, easy to use in the real world, and personalized to one’s needs.

The immediate result is lowering the threshold for seeking help and decreasing the time it takes to find the right solution.

The American Psychological Association and the National Institute of Mental Health summarize the most common reasons why people would choose technology-enabled therapy: convenience, lower costs, more comfortable to communicate, and more access (4,5).

Pushing Science Forward

Youper is the first of its kind — an emotional health assistant — and it’s constantly evolving by learning from every user and merging evidence-based approaches with user’s needs and personal style.

Our team of scientists and psychologists, led by psychiatrist Dr. Jose Hamilton, is constantly feeding Youper with the latest scientific research and pushing the science about the mind and brain forward.

We are learning from thousands of users to understand how emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are connected. Our goal is to use data to unlock a new understanding of what makes us happy and develop more personalized treatments for conditions like depression and anxiety.

In our latest research, we analyzed data from more than 60 thousand users and discovered that the average conversation with Youper that produced positive changes is 7 minutes.

People improving their mood using Youper

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References

1. Vaillant GE. Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study. 1st Edition. 2012

4. American Psychological Association. What you need to know before choosing online therapy. 2017.
2. Mayo-Wilson E, et. al. Psychological and pharmacological interventions for social anxiety disorder in adults: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. The Lancet Psychiatry. 2014;1(5):368–376.
5. National Institute of Mental Health. Technology and the Future of Mental Health Treatment2017.
3. Philip S Wang, et. al. Delay and failure in treatment seeking after first onset of mental disorders. World Psychiatry. 2007 Oct; 6(3): 177–185.