Remember to smile – design of a mobile affective technology to help promote individual happiness through smiling

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Wellbeing plays a central role in quality of life and encompasses aspects pertaining to mental and social wellbeing, as well as physical wellbeing and the absence of disease. Building upon the natural human understanding that smiling is an expression of happiness, studies have shown that the process of smiling in a genuine manner can help to improve an individual’s happiness. To date, approaches that measure happiness have relied upon subjective self-assessment using one of a wide range of questionnaires. However, more recently, Affective Technology has emerged that provides the potential to move towards a more objective assessment of happiness. This paper describes a proposed study aimed at evaluating a bespoke smartphone-based affective technology that attempts to promote happiness through smiling, by reminding participants to smile on a regular basis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages7
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Apr 2017
EventACM 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 12 Apr 2017 → …


ConferenceACM 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Period12/04/17 → …



  • Affective Computing
  • Happiness
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Mobile Health
  • Mobile Technology
  • Positive Computing
  • Positive Psychology
  • Reminding
  • Smiling.
  • H.1.2 User/Machine Systems
  • H.5.2 User Interfaces
  • I.2.10 Vision and Scene

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