The App That Forces You To Write Happy

The App That Forces You To Write Happy

We already told you about the app that deletes your work if you dare to stop typing. If that wasn't hardcore enough for you, how about a web app that deletes your work if you get pissed off?

Don't Worry Be Happy uses somewhat creepy technology to watch your face through your web cam, analyzes the emotions you're displaying, and if you can't stay happy and sunshine-y—BAM!—all your work goes away.

On the one hand, it seems like a gimmick, right? Can you smile while you type? Can you rub your belly and pat your head? Can you eat a chocolate donut on the toilet? (Very difficult to do those two things simultaneously, trust me on this one.)

But the app's creator says that your emotional state has a lot to do with your creativity, and most of our outlets don't account for this whatsoever:

A string of scientific studies are revealing the positive impacts of laughter: Improved memory capabilities, higher calorie burn rate, lower cortisol and stress levels, improved pain tolerance. Yet, arguing that MS Word, Gmail or Facebook promote laughter and happiness, is a joke.

You can see a simple demo of Don't Worry Be Happy here:

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Jose F. Diaz's picture
Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel June 8, 2016 - 6:34am

It all started because a man told a woman to smile. Now, we have outsourced the project.

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Dino Parenti from Los Angeles is reading Everything He Gets His Hands On June 8, 2016 - 7:40am

Don't Worry be Crappy.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 8, 2016 - 1:25pm

They clearly have not read the stuff I write...

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Melina. from Brazil is reading At Night We Walk in Circles (by Daniel Alarcón) June 8, 2016 - 2:47pm

I’d suggest holding a pen / pencil between your teeth. It pushes your cheek muscles up, which is the difference from an honest smile to a fake one.

If you try it, let us know.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami June 8, 2016 - 2:50pm

I'm more than happy to tell this project to go fuck itself. You're'nt exactly going to be in a good mental state when writing Guillotine Western fiction anyway. The very point of it being the guillotine in the wild west.

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Max from Texas is reading goosebumps June 8, 2016 - 10:55pm


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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal June 12, 2016 - 10:22pm

definitely not for me. what ever happened to reading and rereading what you just wrote and thinking really hard and getting lost in your imagination until you visualize what happens next? ... for example.