Apps: Best Apps for Positive Thinking and Happiness I was probably one of the last people to give in to getting a cell phone. Why? Because I just didn’t like the concept of always being accessible. Now, before you say anything, I’m sure you’re thinking that there are benefits to being accessible 24/7 and being able to reach others and information in the palm of your hand. Yes, this is true, but it also means that when you have time to yourself to relax and sit still, you’re more likely to be interrupted. But, like everyone one else I eventually gave in. Technology is a large part of our lives and now that I have become part of the technology craze, I have put my technology to good use. I use it to help me relax, be mindful, and stay happy. So, last night I was thinking. Hmmm? I wonder if there’s an app for Positive Quotes? I grab my phone and start researching only to find that, of course there are apps for this, there’s apps for everything! While researching, I found apps to help with Positive Thinking and Happiness. I’m thinking how do these work? Well, I found (2 apps) in this category that I love and I decided to share what I found. Best apps for Positive thinking: 1. Personal Zen This is how it works. There’s a happy face and a mean face, the happy face strolls through a grass background, but so does the mean face. Your job is to focus on the happy face by using your finger to trace it without being distracted by the mean face. Before you say, is that all? This app is scientifically validated. It’s based on Attention-Bias Modification Training. (ABMT) What is ABMT you ask? Well, it is a form of treatment which trains patients to focus on a positive stimulus while being presented with a negative stimulus. In laymen’s terms, it retrain’s the brain not to over react when presented with a threat. This is a proven technique in treating patients with high anxiety. Now you’re probably thinking, I don’t suffer from anxiety. Well, that’s ok. It works for everyone because it teaches all of us to stay calm when presented with unpleasant situations. 2. ThinkUp: Positive Affirmations This is how it works. This app is all about Positive Affirmations. What are Affirmations? Basically, Affirmations are encouragement for positive thinking. This app has a list of daily affirmations that you can play back everyday as part of your morning or nightly routine. You can pick from a list of over 300 affirmations that you can play in a loop to help increase positive thinking. What I like most about this app is that you can record your own affirmations in your own voice. This makes it more personal and increases the likely hood of staying focused. You can use the app for listening to during meditation, or over morning coffee, or even in the car on your daily commute. And guess what, you can even add music! What’s more relaxing that? The Psychology behind affirmations is to gradually train the brain towards Optimism. In other words, Affirmations train you to always perceive the glass as half full, instead of half empty. By developing positive thinking, patients or less likely to become depress, or easily stressed. Ultimately, you’ll develop better coping skills during hardships and learn to see the positive in everything. Pretty cool, right? I think these 2 apps are great and I like that they are both based on scientific research. I’m going to start using the ThinkUp app immediately. Well, I hope this helps you on your road to finding your Zen and remember: “Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.” … -Joel Olsteen Toni I am a wife, mom, blogger and true believer in creating your own recipe to making life sweet! This author does not have any more posts.
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