Unplugging is the new black. But the gem of utilizing technology to our benefit is finding new ways to solve old problems. Innovative tool makers have created apps to help you find your happy. Find out how with the best apps for happiness and apps for gratitude.
The Happier app was created with just one mission in mind: to help you be happier. Based on research showing that focusing on the positive and sharing good things with people you care about makes you happier, healthier and more productive, Happier is a warm and friendly social app where you collect and share your day's positive small moments with close friends and family. It's truly as simple — and lovely — as that and that's what I like best about it.
The Gratitude Journal
The concept behind The Gratitude Journal app is simple: Change your thoughts, change your life. Write down five things you're grateful for each day and you won't be able to help but refocus on the positive and up your happy. Some of the app's special features include an option for a daily reminder to write your gratitude, a choice of custom fonts, a rate your day feature and the option of receiving a daily inspirational quote. My favorite feature is the option to add photos of what you're grateful for.
Happy Tapper's Vision Board is a personal, portable collection of your values, dreams and goals. With this app you collect aspirational images and view them daily bringing your focus to what you truly want. You can add notes to your images, style the board to make it unique to you and view it in a variety of ways. I love that this app is a modern version of a cork board a la The Secret.
Mood Tracking Journal
Good to Hear's Happiness is a mood tracking journal built to track your happiness to help you become more self-aware and make better decisions in your life. With this app, you'll track your mood, become more mindful of what makes you happy and have a visual reminder to turn to when things seem difficult. What I love best about this app is the ability to tag your entries and create pattern-finding infographics. The app comes with a handful of powerful ways to explore your entries making it simple to see which habits to keep and which ones to change.