An experiment in encouraging regular reflection and presence through the use of a microdiary webapp and chatbot.


The brain cheats when it comes to happiness.

According to psychologist Daniel Kahneman, it focuses on two things about an event, the emotional peak and the end. He declares in his TED talk that "We don’t choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences."

In the study A “Present” for the Future: The Unexpected Value of Rediscovery, Harvard Business School researchers discovered that the documentation of the everyday might seem trivial, but provides unexpected happiness because over time, we can come to see the ordinary past as extraordinary.

TIL.LY (Today I Learned) is an experiment in encouraging daily presence, reflection, and documentation of the everyday. Using text analysis (with Alchemy's Natural Language Processing) it resurfaces your past memories over time with animated GIFs from Giphy.


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