SPREADING a little happiness is the aim of a Stratford businessman.
The Daily Experiment is a website created by Jon Swaby, along with friends Sebastian Dragomir and Lionel Schneider, which looks to encourage the feel-good factor worldwide while also raising money for good causes.
Subscribers to the site are sent a small task each day to stimulate their mind and mental wellbeing – from looking at old pictures to quoting Shakespeare.
The tasks – inspired by research from academic studies – are hoped to lead to more positive thoughts, feelings and attitudes.
And users are rewarded with an extra dose of feel good since for every completed minute-long task, a penny is donated to the good causes pot.
The site was launched following statistics around the state of the country’s mental health, including reports that up to 300,000 people lose their jobs each year due to mental health issues.
And the project has been shortlisted in a global competition as part of Project HeHa, a movement to promote positivity and well-being through the use of technology.
The Daily Experiment is among five finalists, chosen from thousands of entrants across the globe.
Jon said: “We had worked on various web projects together but decided to create something new, with more meaning and fun.
“We decided to build on each other’s ideas, using an email each day for one month. We mixed our own inspirations for wanting to do this with other ideas such as it should be fun, offer ideas and new possibilities, should involve habit development, be a bit quirky, should create happiness and it should support social good.
“All of the experiments are designed to make us feel happier and see something in ourselves that we might want to change or overcome.
“Our day-to-day habits don’t always move us forward, and we think of our own goals in isolation, without thinking of other people, and our community.
“We have therefore developed an online community to help individuals develop new habits to improve their health, relationships, money, career and mind.
“We give money to good causes every time you complete a one minute experiment. It’s not much per person, but together we make a huge difference, using the power of the community to compound over time for the greater social good.”
Visit www.thedailyexperiment.com to subscribe.