Everyone has a bad day sometimes. Maybe you’re missing home or the economy isn’t treating you kindly. Maybe your love life isn’t going well or your computer just crashed. If you’re down in the dumps, perhaps tech can help brighten your mood. Websites and apps can provide instant access to resources that can make the world seem like a more pleasant place.
Focusing on what you have instead of what you’re missing helps you appreciate the good things in life. Developer Benny Hsu was inspired to develop and app after reading a recent study by professors from Southern Methodist University and University of California, Davis about the effects of gratitude. The study showed that expressing gratitude can have significant benefits including:
- less depression and stress
- more likely to help others
- exercised more regularly
- made more progress toward personal goals
Hsu, who last year launched the app Photo365, developed Gratitude 365, an app that helps keep a Gratitude Journal to express what you’re thankful for on a daily basis. You can add a picture as a visual reminder.
The app creates a calendar of your gratitude pictures which you can view yourself or share with others using Facebook, email, Twitter and Flickr. The app is simple and intuitive to use so you can focus on your journal entries instead of figuring out the app.
Gratitude 365 is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store, currently on sale for $0.99.
Sometimes reading about the simple joys in life can help you forget your troubles. Even if you aren’t a new parent, you can still be inspired by Happy Baby Stories. This site, dedicated to the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation, shares happy stories. Most of the stories are about happy babies, but the site has other categories for happy stories, including New Beginnings, Happy Dads, Wedding Day Near, and Happy Bloggers.
You can read others’ stories of happiness and post a story of your own. Their goal is to get 1 billion stories of happier and healthier lives. The site advises, “Keep your stories positive because your thoughts become your words, actions, habits and lifestyle.”
Happy Baby Stories is currently unavailable.
If you ever wished for a personal DJ who could play music to fit your mood, check out Moodagent. Moodagent analyzes music to determine the mood of the songs, then lets you choose which mood(s) you want to hear. You can choose from Happy, Angry, Tempo, Tender and Sensual.
Recently, Moodagent joined with Spotify to create playlists based on moods for that popular radio service.
Joy is contagious and thankuaga.in wants to spread joy to others. You may have heard of the collective good, but thankyouaga.in wants to collect good. The idea of this app is to post joy in your life, whether it’s a small event such as enjoying your meal, or a big one, such as an Olympic Gold Medal. You can use 140 characters to share your good news.
This five-star app is all about positive news, giving you peace of mind that there is good in the world.
The app is simple, you open it and the view from your camera looks like a stained glass window. You can also use it with pictures in your photo library. The app lets you choose from eleven different effects and three different sizes, as well as regular or high-resolution images.
If you don’t have a koi pond in your back yard, or even if you do, check out the Koi Pond app. Seeing the virtual fish swim around peacefully may be the escape that you need. Shaking your phone feeds the fish and touching the screen causes the water to ripple and the fish to swim away.
A bonus of this app is the peaceful sounds that can be played. This app can replace a sound soother.
Koi Pond is available for $0.99 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the iTunes App Store.
Android users who want their phones to be a koi pond should check out Koi Live Wallpaper, free at Google Play.
Escape reality on Pinterest. There are plenty of stunning images to brighten your mood. Search for #Nature to be reminded of the joys of natural beauty.
When life puts you in a funk, let tech brighten your mood. Tech may not be able to solve all of your problems, but it may put a smile back on your face.
Have you ever used any of these tech tools to brighten your day? Do you have any other ideas for using tech to lift your mood? Let us know in the Comments section below!