For nearly a decade, the Greater Good Science Center and its magazine have been at the cutting edge of the science of compassion, happiness, and altruism—the science of a meaningful life. In 2015, the Greater Good undertook to give people a way to incorporate happiness practices into their lives. Enter Greater Good in Action. The site, a collaboration with HopeLab, collects research-tested methods for living a happier life and turns them into easy-to-use tools designed to let you start incorporating these techniques into your life.
Greater Good chose to work with Hop Studios because of our successful work in the past on the Greater Good Science Center Magazine. Hop’s role was as the development partner—we were given the designs, and got to build the site’s functionality and templates.
There are many fun bells and whistles on the site. Users can register using an email address, or by simply using their Facebook or Twitter accounts. Once registered, each visitor can save, rate and comment on various exercises, and mark them completed when done. The exercises are organized by topics, allowing visitors to quickly target the types of exercises they are most interested in, and naturally we’ve incorporated social sharing tools extensively. To round out the functionality, we built an automated PDF generation system to allow visitors to print and download exercises in a nice format to refer to offline or to share with others.
We had a lot of fun developing this project, as always with a focus on future development plans and needs forefront in our minds. (Did we mention that it works just as well on tablets and phones as it does on desktop machines? It does!). We look forward to the next time we get to collaborate with Greater Good!