They say there’s an app for everything. For those of us who want a quick pick-me-up, that seems to be true. Whether you’re feeling down and want a boost of happiness, or you’d just like to prolong the joy you’re already feeling, there are apps to help. Here are five that will help bring you closer to your happy place. Enjoy!
Happiness like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.
– Bernard Meltzer
This mood-boosting app puts cognitive behavioral therapy, which is a proven method of psychotherapy, at your fingertips. It offers mood enhancing activities and provides tips for achieving greater fulfillment in your life. Also included are a journal for affirmations, a test to determine your level of happiness, and a Happy To-Do list. You have the option of signing up for a rewards program that provides cash for engaging in self-improvement activities.
After specifying your personal goals, you’re prompted with daily activities and games to help you achieve them. The games help free you from negative thinking. Track your improvement as you go along to earn points and compete against others. The premise is simple: Spend a few minutes each day doing things that are enjoyable and positive.
Based on the premise that one of the easiest ways to achieve happiness is to give back to others, this app sends you daily reminders. The reminders are quick and simple suggestions of ways you can help someone else. Keep track of the kindnesses you’re sharing, and also check out the map that shows where the most good deeds are taking place. There is also a classroom app for teachers to inspire students to “pay it forward.”
After spending about 10 minutes answering questions, you’re periodically asked how you’re feeling and what you’re doing via text or email (your choice of method and timing). A customized report helps you see what makes you happy and when you’re the most happy. An extra bonus: For using this app, you’re helping researchers at Harvard.
In case the name doesn’t capture your interest, the lure of better sleep might. Like many of us, you likely suffer from varying degrees of poor sleep. This app is here to help. Through neuro-linguistic programming, sound effects, and binaural beats, it promises to help you take a more restful nap or fall into a deeper sleep. Each time you use it, you enjoy a different relaxing sound to help you lull into dream land.
Whether apps actually have the power to bring you greater joy is left to be determined. Nonetheless, there are lot’s of programs that make an attempt. Trying them out is certainly fun and brought a few smiles this direction. So go ahead, give it a go. We bet you’ll at least find a few moments of happiness.