Appiness: Six feel-good apps
We test out six apps that claim to boost your happiness.
1. Smiling Mind
We’ve all heard that meditation can be fantastic for our moods and mental capacity, but if you’re anything like me, sitting still and switching off the brain chatter is next to impossible. Thankfully I’ve discovered Smiling Mind. The app was made by Australian psychologists and offers guided meditations. After one midday session, I was amazed how much more clarity I had for a busy afternoon at work.
2. Track Your Happiness
Like many, I know my moods peak and dip throughout the days, weeks and months, so I was curious to give Harvard researcher Matt Killingsworth’s online happiness program a try. After you’ve filled it out 50 times, you get a happiness report. Killingsworth is collecting the data to compare people around the world. So I’m giving myself a pat on the back for contributing to research that just might make the world a happier place.
I was amazed how much more clarity I had for a busy afternoon at work.
3. Get Happy
Australian psychologist Lisa Patterson-Kane created this app that sends you inspirational quotes and useful tips at a time you nominate each day. To start, you rate how you are performing in relationships, personal growth, leisure and work/education, then the app sends you a little snippet of advice at a designated time each day. It’s not rocket science, but when the words flash onto your phone screen, it does take you out of what you’re doing and remind you about the world around you.
4. Happiness Booster
This app is worth having on your Android for a quick laugh if you’re feeling blah or stuck in a funk. You shake your phone and funny pictures or sentences will flash onto your screen. It certainly doesn’t hurt to take a minute or two to bring a smile to your face with this app.
This guided meditation app was created by Andy Puddicombe, a high profile UK meditation coach who trained with Tibetan monks and is now on a mission to make meditation accessible. The app kicks off with video tutorials and the Take 10 challenge, which involves following guided meditations for 10 minutes a day for 10 days.
6. Gratitude Journal
This app encourages you to record five things you’re grateful for every day, then it stores them in a calendar. Recording things both great and small, it only takes a minute or so each day, and when I scrolled back after a few days, I felt warm fuzzies about some of the little things I’d already forgotten about.
When I scrolled back after a few days, I felt warm fuzzies about some of the little things I’d already forgotten about.