Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning

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A prominent Viennese psychiatrist before the war, Viktor Frankl was uniquely able to observe the way that both he and others in Auschwitz coped (or didn't) with the experience. He noticed that it was the men who comforted others and who gave away their last piece of bread who survived the longest - and who offered proof that everything can be taken away from us except the ability to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. The sort of person the concentration camp prisoner became was the result of an inner decision and not of camp influences alone. Frankl came to believe man's deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This outstanding work offers us all a way to transcend suffering and find significance in the art of living.

Reviews:Bill Gates on GatesNotes wrote:

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history.


 

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Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. He survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering, and Türkheim. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy".


Viktor E. Frankl

Viktor Emil Frankl (26 March 1905 – 2 September 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. He survived Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering, and Türkheim. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, which is a form of existential analysis, the "Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy".

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Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His writings examine free will, consciousness, intelligence and happiness.

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Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

by Yuval Noah Harari

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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

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Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

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About the Author

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His writings examine free will, consciousness, intelligence and happiness.



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Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

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From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

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Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history.

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Really enjoying “Sapiens” by yuval_noah_harari It really puts in perspective how bizarre human beings are. It’s an awesome overview of our species.


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Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His writings examine free will, consciousness, intelligence and happiness.



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The 20 best Motivation Apps – get and stay motivated every day!

Motivating yourself to pursue your goals is not always easy.

Fears, worries, negative thought spirals, and unhealthy habits can significantly affect your motivation.

To help you start your day motivated and pursue your dreams, I’ll introduce you to the best motivation apps for different needs.

The best Motivation Apps

1. Quotes & Affirmations

ThinkUp

Positive thoughts have a great impact on our motivation because the quality of our thoughts determines what we experience. 1Faisal Hoque (2014). 7 Ways to Practice Positivity and Optimism Every Day. HuffPost. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/7-ways-to-practice-positivity-and-optimism-every-day_b_5606981?guccounter=1 That’s why the affirmations app ThinkUp sends you daily quotes, mantras and affirmations that you can use to positively influence your thinking. 

You can record the mantras yourself and accompany them with music to listen to them over and over again. The creators of ThinkUp are convinced that listening to positive affirmations in your own voice makes them ten times more meaningful. This way you can reduce negative inner monologues that keep you from achieving your goals and learn to motivate yourself instead.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.4 with 3.218 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.8 with 6000 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special features: Recite affirmations yourself, numerous quotes
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to promote positive thinking.

Cost: In-app purchases from €8.49

Mindset: Daily Motivational Speeches App (Android)

The Mindset motivation app provides you with a daily source of motivation and helps you cultivate the right mindset. You can listen to free inspirational and educational audios from some of the world’s best speakers to keep you engaged. Search the library, curate playlists, and download motivational speeches. Topics include positivity, productivity, morning routines, business, and self-care.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.6 with 543 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Android downloads:
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special features: iPad, various mindsets & playlists
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys being motivated by inspirational speakers.

Cost: In-app purchases from €6.49

Motivation – Daily Quotes

A good quote at the right time can be just the thing to fire up your motivation now and then. The Motivation app is free and contains thousands of different quotes for every occasion and mood. You can save your favorite quotes to read them over and over again. The application is simple yet effective.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.8 with 32.790 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.8 with 501.900 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special features: Apple Watch, iPad, iMessage
  • Language options: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants a daily quote for motivation and inspiration.

Cost: In-app purchases starting at €2.99

Always Positive – Daily Quotes 

Always Positive also provides you with a daily quote to remind you to stick with your goals, helping you break negative thought spirals and unhealthy habits. In addition to well-known quotes, users can also share quotes here. The app benefits from its dedicated community.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.6 with 7.460 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.8 with 624 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special Features: User generated quotes
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to shed negative thoughts.

Cost: In-app purchases from €2.99

I Am – Daily Affirmations

I Am is an affirmation app that sends you affirmations throughout the day that you choose by yourself. You will find many intentions and affirmations for your individual life situation, which will accompany you through your everyday life. I have summarized how affirmations can be used effectively in another article for you.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.8 with 19.959 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.9 with 136.300 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special Features: Daily reminders & curated affirmations
  • Language options: English, Spanish
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to motivate themselves with positive affirmations.

Cost: In-app purchases from €3.49

Motivate: Daily Motivation

The goal of Motivate is to inspire you to take control of your life. In the app, you’ll find thousands of selected motivational videos from mentors around the world. Custom notifications remind you of your new habits, and the Quotes widget provides you with regular quotes. When you’re not in the mood for new input, the app lets you listen to music that helps you relax, focus, or energizes you.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.6 with 376 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.8 with 4.200 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special functions: iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, iMessage, various categories & playlists, download function, music player, notifications
  • Language options: English, Spanish
  • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys watching motivational videos.

Cost: In-app purchases from €2.99

Mantra – Daily Affirmation

With the motivational and affirmation app Mantra you get 10.000 affirmations from 10 different categories, such as fitness, spirituality, personal development or health. Every time you open the app, a new mantra awaits you. If one affirmation a day isn’t enough for you, you can simply open the app again to increase your self-confidence and boost your motivation.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.3 with 1.814 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.9 with 9100 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special features: iPad, iPod Touch, Smart Reminder, wallpapers and noise, custom colors and fonts
  • Language options: English, Turkish
  • Recommended for: Anyone who enjoys using mantras and affirmations.

Cost: In-app purchases from €17.99

Daily Quote (Android)

Daily Quote is very similar to the Mantra app. It is a free daily motivation app that lets you choose from 11.500 inspirational quotes in over 300 categories. When you activate the notification feature, you’ll receive your very own daily quote to share with friends and family.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.6 with 1.414 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Android downloads:
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special features: Share quotes with friends, more than 10,000 quotes
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who likes to read and share quotes.

Cost: In-app purchases from €1.99

Fit Quote

Fit Quote is a fitness motivation app that helps you stay on track to reach your fitness goals. Every day there is a new quote on a customizable background. The app comes without any frills and is completely focused on motivating you with inspirational quotes.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.8 with 189 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.7 with 2.500 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special functions: iPad, iPod Touch
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone in need of fitness inspiration.

Cost: In-app purchases from €0.99

Courageous self-love – KYO

The Courageous self-love motivation app sends you three personalized messages each day to remind you of what is really important and how valuable you are. Here you find the courage and motivation to work on your self-love. You can mark your favorite messages, collect them and read them again and again. You can also surprise friends with personalized messages.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.0 with 1.265 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 3.3 with 8 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special functions: iPod Touch
  • Language options: English, French, German
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to motivate themselves to love themselves more.

Cost: In-app purchases from €2.99

2. Habit Tracker & (digital) Coaches

Fabulous

Fabulous is a motivational app that helps you break bad habits, establish healthy habits, and structure your day. After downloading, the colorful and attractively designed app asks you a few questions about your goals and desires before it starts with the first small challenge. Of course, you can also set your own goals. 

The app’s philosophy is to achieve your new life in small steps and to focus on a sense of achievement. If you are exhausted, you can take a meditation break.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.5 with 400.889 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.6 with 47.100 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special features: Apple Watch
  • Language options: English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese
  • Recommended for: Anyone who needs motivation and structure for their self-care routine.

Cost: In-app purchases starting at €7.99

Mindshine

Mindshine is your personal happiness coach and combines different tools of neuroscience, psychology and mindfulness in one place to support you to grow beyond yourself. With just a few small steps each day, you’ll create a new routine for yourself in no time. Mindfulness meditation, performance coaching, and anti-stress/anxiety exercises help you stay motivated.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.8 with 831 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.7 with 872 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special features: iPad, iPod Touch, meditations, journal, affirmations, visualization
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who needs a happiness coach.

Cost: In-app purchases from €12.99

Flow Lab

Flow Lab is designed to help you increase your focus, confidence, and motivation with guided meditations and coaching sessions. The motivational app uses tools from Positive Psychology to strengthen your mental skills and mindset, so you get into a flow state more often. The app also measures your fitness level and creates a weekly workout plan based on your needs.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.6 with 40 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.9 with 138 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special features: iPad, iPod Touch, hypnosis, body scan, relaxation, breathing, quotes, visualization
  • Language options: English, German
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to improve their performance.

Cost: In-app purchases from €9.99

Lifesum

If you want to motivate yourself to lose weight, eat healthier, or exercise more, Lifesum is the fitness motivation app for you. The app gives you workout tips, personalized diet plans, and allows you to track food, workouts, and calories. If you need inspiration for your diet, you can also find free recipes on Lifesum. The app connects to both Google Fit and S Health, so you can import valuable data.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.5 with 278.508 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.6 with 108.000 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special features: Apple Watch, iPad, iMessage
  • Language options: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to increase their fitness motivation.

Cost: In-app purchases starting at €8.99

Make Me Better (Android)

The Make Me Better app provides you with daily personal development articles, inspirational life stories, self-help tips, productivity and financial management ideas, motivational quotes, and more. The app is practically a magazine that inspires and motivates you to be better while quenching your thirst for knowledge.

  • Android, ratings: ø 4.7 with 22.834 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Android downloads:
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special features: Lifehacks, topics on different areas of life
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to develop personally.

Cost: In-app purchases from €2.99

Coach.me

No matter what goal you want to motivate yourself for, Coach.me supports you. In addition to a habit tracker function, you get feedback from the community in the “Community Coaching” level and can take a daily motivation test to stay motivated. If you use the app in the “Private Coaching” level, you can work with a trained coach via iMessage or phone.

  • Android, rating: ø 3.5 with 4.757 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.3 with 244 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special features: Apple Watch, iMessage, Community Coaching, Private Coaching
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants community or coach support to stay motivated.

Cost: In-app purchases from €1.99; private coach from €25.00/week.

Because Habit Trackers are such a great tool to boost your productivity and motivation, I’ve written you a separate article on this, introducing you to over 35 Habit Tracker apps.

3. Other Apps

Forest

Forest is a motivational app only at second glance, because it playfully motivates you to leave your smartphone behind and instead focus on important tasks and projects, for example. As soon as the app is activated, you plant a seed that slowly grows into a tree as long as you don’t use your phone within a set period of time. 

If you still reach for your smartphone, the tree will die. If you persevere, you’ll be rewarded with coins and can even have a real tree planted with 2500 coins from the “Trees for the Future” organization.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.7 with 340.339 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.8 with 28.800 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes (Android)
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special features: iPad, iPod Touch, different types of trees, rewards, plant real trees
  • Language options: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Tradit. Chinese, Turkish, Simplified Chinese
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to work with motivation and concentration without distractions.

Cost: €2.29 on iOS; in-app purchases from €1.09

Mind Mapping – MindMeister

The first step to motivating yourself to achieve new goals is to organize your thoughts and to-dos. MindMeister is not a classic motivation app, but an app that allows you to create different mind maps to make visual connections between thoughts, goals and tasks. You can create different folders for your different areas of life, assign categories or even colors.

  • Android, rating: ø 4.0 with 15.275 ratings (14.06.2021)
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  • iOS, rating: ø 4.5 with 626 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile
  • Special functions: iPad, iPod Touch
  • Language options: Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese
  • Recommended for: Anyone who wants to sort their thoughts, goals and tasks.

Cost: In-app purchases starting at €5.99

Pep Talk (iOS)

The motivational app Pep Talk will boost your motivation with a collection of curated audios that you can listen to during your morning routine, while working out or on your way to work. The goal is to motivate and inspire you to achieve your goals, no matter how small or big they are. Set yourself a reminder to listen to your favorite speeches every day to find the motivation you need.

  • iOS, rating: ø 4.8 with 6.200 ratings (14.06.2021)
  • Free version: Yes
  • Usability on multiple devices: Yes
  • Mobile/ desktop version: Mobile + Desktop
  • Special functions: iPad, iPhone Touch
  • Language options: English
  • Recommended for: Anyone who needs a good pep talk.

Cost: In-app purchases from €14.49

4. What makes a great Motivation App?

As you can see, there are many motivation apps. Many of the apps differ in both focus and approach. Most use positive affirmations and quotes to increase your motivation, while others rely on approaches from positive psychology or use habit tracking as a method. When deciding on the right motivation app, you should listen to your gut feeling and consider the following features:

  • Reminders: In order to stay motivated, it is important that you regularly get new impulses and are reminded to keep at it. That’s why you should make sure that the app you choose has a reminder feature.
  • Customization options: The more you enjoy interacting with the app, the more likely you are to use it. Therefore, when making your choice, pay attention to how flexible you can make the app and how well it is designed.
  • Community Support: You don’t always want to tell friends and family about your personal goals, so in those cases you’ll benefit from apps that have a built-in community where you can ask for advice and make new friends.

5. Conclusion

Whether you’re a fan of quotes or have a specific goal, there’s a suitable motivation app for everything. Which one you choose depends on your individual needs. My personal favorites include the Fabulous app for Android users, ThinkUp, Pep Talk for iOS users, and Forest. Fabulous is lovingly designed and guides you in small steps to a healthy happier self.

ThinkUp is ideal for increasing positive thinking and your intrinsic motivation. I specifically like the option to record affirmations in your own voice. With Pep Talk you always have good encouragement at hand whenever you need it. Forest isn’t a classic motivational app, but it’s a great tool for increasing productivity and concentration whilst doing something good for the planet.

Of course, this is just my opinion and all other presented motivation apps and affirmation apps have their merits as well. Since the download is free in the vast majority of cases, you can just try a few and find out what works for you and suits your individual needs.

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Drug Quotes that will make you think about the good and bad influence they have on life

Personally, I disagree with most of what is being said in the following quotes. Mainly, because the term “drugs” is used in a fundamentally misleading manner.

When we say “drugs”, we think of a big pool of various substances, that are all addictive and harmful to us, our health – physically and mentally -, our social environment, basically every pillar of our life. But “drugs” is not a black-and-white term and not a single bucket. There are many buckets: stimulants, empathogens, psychedelics, dissociatives, cannabinoids, depressants, opioids, etc., to name a few.

Referring to them as drugs is like you would be referring to food as “sweets”, while there’s actually legumes, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. You get the drill.

If you read the following quotes, keep in mind that each person either has an individual drug in mind or refers to the “big pool”, which translates to: they have not a single clue about drugs.

Positive Quotes on Drugs

When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.

Bob Marley, Jamaican Musician

Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.

Robin Williams, American Actor

LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.

Timothy Leary, American Psychologist

A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole.

Frank Zappa, American Musician

Drugs are a bet with your mind.

Jim Morrison, American Singer

Drugs are reality’s legal loopholes.

Jeremy P. Johnson, American Aphorist

Addiction begins with the hope that something ‘out there’ can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.

Jean Kilbourne, American Public Speaker

I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.

Keith Richards, American Musician

“Now here’s somebody who wants to smoke a marijuana cigarette. If he’s caught, he goes to jail. Now is that moral? Is that proper? I think it’s absolutely disgraceful that our government, supposed to be our government, should be in the position of converting people who are not harming others into criminals, of destroying their lives, putting them in jail. That’s the issue to me. The economic issue comes in only for explaining why it has those effects. But the economic reasons are not the reasons” – Milton Freedman, American Economist

Everyone should eat hashish, but only once.

Salvado Dali, Italian Artist

Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.

Bob Marley, Jamaican Musician

The best drug is a clear head.

Harald Juhnke, German Actor

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

Hunter S. Thompson, American Writer

It’s not the drugs that make a drug addict, it’s the need to escape reality.

Sense8, American TV-Series

Opium heals everything, but itself.

Latin Proverb

Drugs is suicide, paid in installments.

Titus Lenk, German Aphorist

Everything is a drug. Family, art, causes, new shoes… We’re all just tweaking our chem to avoid the void.

Joss Whedon, American Film Director

Any kind of drug is a self-deception, which eventually turns into remorse.

Franz Schmidberger, German Publicist

Drugs and money are good, it’s just people who are bad.

Unknown

It is not the use of drugs that is the problem, but the abuse.

Patrick Betsch, German Aphorist

Drugs take you to hell, disguised as heaven.

Donald Lyn Frost, American Aphorist

Wealth, fame and glory are the kings among drugs.

Franz Friedrich Kovacs, German Author
Quotes on Drugs Negative Harmful Ones

Negative Quotes on Drugs

Whether you sniff it smoke it eat it or shove it up your ass the result is the same: addiction.

William S. Burroughs

Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem.

Kurt Cobain

Under drugs you do not find yourself, but only your shadow.

Konstantin Wecker, German Poet

If you abuse a drug, it takes you captive.

Adreas Tenzer, German Philosopher

Interesting reads:

44 Powerful Quotes on Self Reflection, helping you become a better Version of Yourself

We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.

John Dewey

Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted – it is an intimate date to yourself.

Paul T.P. Wong, Canadian Psychologist

Reflection is one of the most underused yet powerful tools for success.

Richard Carlson

You cannot have a meaningful life without having self-reflection.

Oprah Winfrey, American Talkshow-Host

Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions.

C Terry Warner

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.

Margaret J. Wheatley

Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, self-reflection, education, training, and experience.

Tony Buon

Self-reflection entails asking yourself questions about your values, assessing your strengths and failures, thinking about your perceptions and interactions with others, and imagining where you want to take your life in the future.

Robert L. Rosen

Honest self reflection opens your mind to reprogramming, change, success and freedom.

Vikas Runwal

Reflection… Looking back so the view looking forward is even clearer.

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Reflection – Looking back so the view looking forward is even clearer.

Examining your thoughts is an important part of the practice of self-reflections.

Ryuho Okawa, Japanese Religious Teacher

Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.

Maxwell Martz

Reflection is the lamp of the heart. If it departs, the heart will have no light.

Abdullah ibn Alawi al-Haddad, islamic

People who have had little self-reflection live life in a huge reality blind-spot.

Bryant McGill, American Author

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.

Barbara De Angelis

Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.

Baltasar Gracian, Spanish Author
Self Reflection is the School of Wisdom – Baltasar Gracian

Self-reflection is so healthy. Journaling works for me – when I record the details of what I’m going through, whether it’s a relationship issue or negative thoughts, I can look back and see how far I’ve come. It makes me proud to see my progress and how I got through a bad situation.

Kelly Rowland

There is one art of which people should be masters – the art of reflection.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English Philosopher

Engaging in meditative self-reflection and gaining increased control of inner experiences provides a person with a sense of control over fear and trembling and the chaos of life.

Kilroy J. Oldster, American Attorney

Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say, and do certain things…. then better yourself.

Sonya Teclai

Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes.

Lawrence Bossidy, American Author

Emotions are there to enjoy life; but they are not used in self-reflection because they inhibit a proper reflection. They gunk us up.

Frederick Lenz, American Spiritual Teacher

Self-reflection is an important stage to diagnose, develop and strengthen your creativity.

Peal Zhu, American Management Author

It is great to be introspective, self-analysis can be useful, but only if it results in action.

Joe Sacco, American Cartoonist
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Experience (what?), Reflection (so what?), Action (now what?)

Self-reflection is necessary to dig beneath our own layers and visit the inner crevices of our heart and mind to develop an understanding of life.

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By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Confuzius, Chinese Philosopher

Don’t become too preoccupied with what is happening around you. Pay more attention to what is going on within you.

Mary-Frances Winters

When the mind is still, the beauty of the self is seen reflected in it.

B.K.S Iyengar, Indian Yoga Teacher

Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.

Carl Jung

Your soul needs time for solitude and self-reflection. In order to love lead, heal and create you must nourish yourself first.

Linda Joy

Dwell not on the faults and shortcomings of others; instead, seek clarity about your own.

Buddha

Compare less. Reflect more.

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Compare less. Reflect more. – Unknown

Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you.

Unknown

To achieve happiness I advocate four major principles, the principles of love, wisdom, self-reflection, and progress.

Ryuho Okawa, Japanese Religious Teacher

The more reflective you are, the more effective you are.

Hall and Simeral

The Art and Business of Online Writing by Nicolas Cole [Summary]

Nicolas Cole is one of the most-read writers on the internet. No human on earth has accumulated more readers. And maybe no other human on earth has been so continuously productive in regards to online writing.

In the following paragraphs, you will find the main ideas, why it’s worth reading and my personal opinion on the book. And to spice it up a bit, I added a few of my visualizations to make the contents easier to digest.

I firmly believe the first six months on the internet, for any writer, should be spent exploring, practicing, and gathering data.

Nicolas Cole

Content Buckets

Cole divides the topics you should create content for into three buckets:

1. General Audience: Aims at universal topics, broad categories that resonate with a big audience of people. Show how those topics are individually important.

Personal Example: Personal Development, Habits, Goals, Productivity, Positivity, (Digital) Minimalism, Time Management

2. Niche Audience: Topics that are highly relevant to your expertise.

Personal Example: Online Marketing, Self-Employment, Consultancy, Entrepreneurship, (Content-)Marketers

3. Company/Industry Audience: Topics for the Environment and Industry you exist in.

Personal Example: (B2B) SEO, Software, Tools


The Endless Content Generator Table

Endless Content Idea Generator


Step 1: Choose one “Type” of Writing

  • Actionable Guide
  • Opinion
  • Curated List
  • Story
  • Credibility

Step 2: Choose an idea to communicate within that “Piece”

  • Explanation
  • Habits
  • Mistakes
  • Lessons
  • Tips
  • Stories
  • Timely Events

Step 3: Show a Reason why you’re a credible Source

  • First-Hand Expertise
  • Asked Experts
  • Best Opinion

Examples from the Book

  • “7 Founders Share their Biggest Mistakes Raising Money for Their First Startups.”
    = Credibility x Mistakes x Personal Experience
  • “I was a professional World Of Warcraft Gamer as a Teener. Here’s Why eSports is going to become a Multi-Million Dollar Industry.”
    = Credibility x Explanation x Personal Experience
  • “Our Economy is falling apart. Here’s what that looks like for someone living in a low-income Neighborhood.”
    = Opinion x Lessons x Perspective

More Examples added by me:

  • I’ve always been a lazy genius. 7 Reasons why I had to change in my late-20s. (Personal Experience x Lessons)

The Main Idea

If you want to be an Online Writer, you have to write in public.

Nicolas Cole

Platforms and Networks such as Quora, Medium, Publications, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. are your biggest friends. By writing in public you remove the guesswork and add a layer of data instead. Data, that helps you understand which headlines, topics, formats and ideas resonate best with your audience.

Key Learnings

  • The most successful writers base their writing on Data (e.g. Mark Manson)
  • Practicing in public is what separates aspiring writers from professional writers
  • If you want to be an online writer, don’t start a blog first. Do it last.
  • Visual Formatting is just as, maybe even more important than what’s being said
  • Consistency is the most crucial factor for success
  • Divide Content into timely and timeless topics: resonating right now vs. forever

Things that could be improved

While I love the conversational style and overall structure of the book, I would have loved to see some visuals or graphics to add another content layer and to separate each of the chapters.

Cole’s opinion on SEO is quite outdated. I’m sure most writers that have written for publications have had bad experiences with SEO. But there’s a new way of doing things he’s not aware of, yet.

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The 15 best Mood Tracking Apps – to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing [List]

Mood tracker apps make it easy for you to monitor your mood as well as track habits, food intake, sleep patterns and other activities. 

By tracking your mood for an extended period of time you can discover triggers that negatively impact your mood (study) and watch out for mental health issues, such as depression or bipolar disorder.

Want to start tracking your mood in a simple yet effective way and reap the benefits? Check out some of the best mood tracker apps in this post and find one that works for you.

1 The Benefits of Mood Tracking

Apps to track your mood help you to get in touch with your feelings, analyze negative thought patterns, and discover causes and triggers for mood swings, anxiety, and depression. By getting to the root of your bad moods you can also develop strategies to lift yourself up and positively affect your mental health.

  1. Identify the triggers for your negative behavior and low mood⁺
  2. Develop strategies for managing your mood and behavior⁺
  3. Get in touch with your feelings and back in control⁺
  4. Monitor if medication or therapy is working as planned
As you track your mood with a mood tracker app of your choice life patterns begin to emerge and you learn to identify your individual triggers for bad moods. This way, you can create your personal roadmap to minimize potential triggers and live a more satisfied and emotionally stable life. You will also be able to recognize warning signs for a mood change and can counteract with your own wellness strategies.
After getting to know your triggers and moods intimately you can begin to develop your wellness strategy to stay mentally, physically, and emotionally grounded. Mood and habit tracker apps inspire you to cultivate a positive outlook on life and some apps even support you to stay on track with daily reminders, wellness tips, and community support. Once you have found your wellness strategy and implemented it into your everyday life, your mood tracker app can show you how your strategy has positively impacted your mood.
Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other mental health concerns leave people with a sense of not being in control which in turn negatively impacts their mood and their lives. By making mood tracking a habit you will feel more in control of your health because you are in tune with your thoughts and feelings. Knowing what impacts your mood negatively or positively enables you to make better decisions for yourself.
Depending on the state of your mental health it can be helpful to work with a professional therapist. In no way is a mood tracker app a substitute for medication or professional treatment. Every person is different and so is the treatment that will support their health. Giving your therapist a copy of your mood tracker chart will increase the chances for successful therapy. Instead of passively receiving treatment you can proactively shape your health and wellness and achieve better outcomes.

Mood Tracking empowers you to understand your triggers and early warning signs as well as develop strategies to counteract negative moods. An improved understanding of your own health is the key to lasting wellness. The purpose of a mood tracker app is not to keep a record of illness, but to plan for wellbeing.

2 Features to look out for

There are many mood tracker apps out there and not all are created equal. While some use a cognitive behavioral therapy approach, others serve as a mood and habit tracker and some simply allow you to track your mood and activities. When choosing the best mood tracker app for your purposes here are a few key features to look out for:

  • Reminders: A mood tracker app is meant to make your life easier by allowing you to effortlessly log your mood each day. The best apps for mood tracking have a notification feature so you are prompted each day at a specific time to enter your mood.
  • Activity Tracker: Mood tracking is helpful but only gets you this far, if you are not aware of the context they appeared in. By tracking your activities you can better identify triggers and wellness strategies.
  • Customization Options: Moods are very personal and the app experience feels more approachable if you can personalize it. The best mood tracker apps will allow you to customize colors, emojis, emotion and activity tags, notifications and more.
  • Personal Notes: Even if you don’t journal daily having an option to note important events and other things together with logging your mood can be very helpful.
  • Additional Support: Especially bpd mood tracker apps and depression mood tracker apps should include additional information regarding your mental health, e.g. educational websites and links to mental health professionals near you.
  • Community Support: If you don’t like to share about your mental state with friends and family anonymous community support is an important feature to make friends and ask for advice.

3 Best Mood Tracker Apps

The following list is a collection of the best mood tracker apps that are currently available including mood and habit tracker apps, the best free mood tracker apps, the best mood tracker apps for android, bipolar disorder mood tracker apps, and more.

Daylio: Best Overall Mood Tracker App

The Daylio Mood Tracker is one of the easiest ways to track your mood. The award-winning mood tracker app offers you a pick-and-choose option of different emojis to match your mood of the day. In a second step you can add activities, such as working, dating, sleeping or working out and enter short journal entries. The design of the app is colorful which makes it fun to keep up with the tracking process. With the “Calendar and Statistics”-Feature you can view your best days, a chart displaying your average Monthly mood and other statistics. If you want to keep your moods private, you can set a PIN to lock the app.

Daylio is a great tool for visual people who prefer to choose an image to express their mood rather than finding a word to describe it.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.6 with 308.412 ratings (26.11.20)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.8 with 28.800 ratings (26.11.20)
  • Free available: Yes (additional premium features available at $2.99/monthly, or $23.99/annually)
  • Multi-Device-Ready
  • Special Features: available in different languages, option to track moods via messages 
  • Recommended for: Everyone

Moodflow: Best Free Mood Tracker App

Moodflow is a free and simple mood tracker app that uses a year-in-pixels approach to visualize moods and emotional patterns in your life. You can enter your mood by choosing one of five emojis with the option to use tags (e.g. cheerful, bored, calm or sad) to describe your emotions. After entering your mood you can make a note for the day and tag some of your daily activities, such as family, shopping or me-time as well as tracking your sleep time and quality. Other nice features include the option to upload photos from your smartphone that can be stored in the Moodflow Cloud with the premium version and a gratitude journal. The premium version also offers post geotagging, setting daily routines, and adding weather data.

Compared to other apps with free versions Moodflow doesn’t have any ads and the free version already offers all necessary features to successfully track your mood and analyse them by looking at the statistics. Moodflow is recommended for people who like a clean and user-friendly design and who value the option to fully customize the app.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.4 with 1591 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating:  ø 4.9 with 138 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes (additional premium features available at $3.49/monthly)
  • Multi-Device-Ready
  • Special Features: available in different languages
  • Recommended for: Everyone

iMoodJournal: Best for In-Depth Tracking

The iMoodJournal has been made “The Best Bipolar Disorder iPhone and Android Apps of the Year” by healthline and is a much more in-depth mood tracking app than many other available mood tracker apps.

At $2.99 you get a powerful mood tracking tool that allows you to also track sleep, medication, stress and energy levels and many other factors. On a daily basis you can input your mood, use the app as a journaling tool, add photos of yourself and use hashtags to describe your emotions. iMoodJournal recommends recording your moods and emotions and add self-portraits two to three times a day over the course of at least one to two weeks to get the most out of the app. After recording your mood and activities for several weeks the daily, monthly and weekly mood charts generate meaningful output to support you in influencing your mood positively. The in-app reports automatically detect correlations between logged experiences and activities and moods.

Especially people who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues can benefit from this tool that allows in-depth tracking and thereby helps users to gain new insights into potential triggers of mood changes and into their mental health. The app can also be used when working with a therapist. The user-friendly interface makes it easy to keep up with the habit of mood tracking.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.3 with 1537 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.3 with 140 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: $1.99 on the Google Play Store, $2.99 on the App Store
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English, French, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Apple Watch
  • Recommended for: Especially recommended as bipolar mood tracker app

Pixels – Mood Tracker: Best for simple overview

Pixels combines bullet journaling with mood tracking. Each day is a pixel and you can log your mood by choosing an emoji, an emotion tag, and adding thoughts through simple notes. The data can be analyzed through the insights and statistics feature that offers graphs and other analytics tools.

The app can be used to track your mood during therapy or as part of a mental healing process. Trust is key in any healing process, therefore Pixels keeps your data private and the development of the app is transparent. Ads in this mood tracker app are optional and ensure the ongoing development of the project.

Create a “Year in Pixels” to get an overview of your mood, set reminders to keep up the new habit and customize the colors of your Pixels to suit your taste.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.7 with 22.087 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.6 with 116 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes (in-App purchases starting from $1.49 on the Google Play Store, $1.99 on the App Store)
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
  • Recommended for: People with mental health issues

MyTherapy: Best medication reminder and health tracker app

MyTherapy is the best free mood tracker app to not only track and analyze your mood but also log interventions, such as medication, therapy and exercise that correlate with your mood. The app has been backed by research with the most recent study performed by Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. People can use the app to set reminders for their medication, get reports and track weight, sleep, blood pressure, blood sugar and more.

As a medication reminder and health tracker app, you can also take notes of symptoms and well-being, get personalized tips for your treatment, and connect with family and friends to get encouragement and support. Health reports are emailed to you and the app is completely free of charge as well as ad-free.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.7 with 85.427 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.7 with 3.474 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian
  • Recommended for: People who rely on medication

Moody Month: Best for mood and female cycle tracking

The Moody Month app supports women in tracking their mood and their hormonal fluctuations over the course of their menstrual cycle to identify and understand how hormonal swings, lifestyle changes and other factors influence their well-being. The app can also be used to track your fertility. 

You can log your energy, mood and stress levels to receive daily wellness tips specifically tailored to your cycle and forecasts on what is happening in your body each day. Additionally, you can write or record personal notes and discover mood patterns by reviewing live reports of your data. 

Wellness tips are written by an expert team of female health specialists and the app also offers daily fitness, mindfulness and nutrition content based on your needs.

  • Android: not available on Google Play Store
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.3 with 3.147 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes (additional premium features available at $3.99/monthly)
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English
  • Recommended for: Women who want to get in touch with their monthly cycle

Mood Log: Best mood and habit tracker app

The free mood tracker app Mood Log uses color coded mood tracking to help you monitor your mood changes over time in a simple and effective way. By adding mood tags such as depression, anxiety, stress, headaches, menstruation and more you can identify factors that influence your mood as well as mood changes due to lifestyle interventions.

Keep it simple with this mood and habit tracker app or set reminders for medication and other wellness related habits. Statistics based on your input enable you to identify mood triggers and positively impact your mental health and overall wellbeing.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.4 with 1.203 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS: not available
  • Free Version: Yes (in-app purchases available at €2.99)
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English, German
  • Recommended for: People who appreciate a no-frills approach

CBT Thought Diary: Best CBT based app

The CBT Thought Diary app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns to change your mood, emotions and behavior positively. CBT Thought Diary makes it easy to go through the process of identifying, challenging and reinterpreting negative thinking patterns by documenting not only emotions and thoughts but also daily moods.

As an extra feature you can practice gratitude using a simple in-app diary and also record any important life events that may serve as reminders to appreciate life or as a way of becoming aware of things that negatively impact your mood.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.5 with 2.023 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 5.0 with 6 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes (additional premium features available at $4.99/monthly)
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English, Apple Watch
  • Recommended for: People who want to identify and change negative thought patterns

Worry Watch: Best for dealing with worries

Worry Watch is a specific anxiety and depression mood tracker app that is aimed at people who struggle with overwhelming negative and fear-based thoughts they cannot control. With Worry Watch you can track these thoughts and the correlated feelings over time and then categorize them based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy.

By logging your worries and collecting data you can identify thoughts that trigger anxiety and find ways to turn your anxiety into a positive experience thereby gaining back some control in your life. You can choose from six categories of context when recording your worries: professional life, family, money, health, social life and other. Data can be analyized by viewing worries by outcome, category, context or day. The observation over the course of several weeks and month will enable you to see that most of the time, worries don’t come true.

  • Android: not available on Google Play Store
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.6 with 225 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: No, available at $3.99
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
  • Recommended for: People who want to track their anxiety and turn them into positive experiences

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker: Best bpd mood tracker app

As a BPD Mood Tracker App this app was built for people with bipolar personality disorder but it is also suitable for people with anxiety or depression and for anyone who wants to track their mood. With the help of the app you can see differences in low and high moods over time and observe how medication, lifestyle, sleep and even the season impacts your mood.

For each entry you rate your mood, irritability and anxiety on a four-point scale. You also have the option to record any psychotic symptoms and log behavioral data (e.g. exercise, food, therapy). In the notes section you can add any other relevant information.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.5 with 4.206 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.5 with 50 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes (in-app purchases available starting from €0.75 on Google Play and €0.99 on the App store)
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: German, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Recommended for: People with bipolar disorder

Moodtrack Social Diary: Best for community support

Moodtrack Social Diary is a simple mood tracker app that helps you to graph your moods with very little effort. After collecting data for several weeks you can look back at your moods to learn about yourself, illustrate patterns and find triggers for certain moods. This habit empowers you to manage your moods and make better decisions.

With Moodtrack Social Diary you can also see what others are experiencing in their moods and chat anonymously to form friendships and support networks around your habit of mood tracking. The idea is to get help when you need it and give support when you feel like it.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.3 with 2.286 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.5 with 767 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes (in-app purchases available starting from $0.99 on the Google Play Store)
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English
  • Recommended for: People who want to connect with others

MindShift: Best to learn new and relaxing behaviors

Like many other mood tracker apps MindShift is based on the scientifically proven strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy, which can support people who struggle with symptoms of anxiety and depression. The app is designed to help people ease their mind and identify and manage triggers between therapy sessions.

MindShift can be personalized so you can use the app to learn new and relaxing behaviors in stressful situations. By tracking your moods, thoughts and behavior you can develop thought patterns that lead to a happy life and develop practical steps and habits to conquer anxiety.

  • Android, Rating: ø 4.2 with 1.324 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.5 with 26 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English, French
  • Recommended for: People suffering from anxiety

Track Your Happiness: Best for understanding individual happiness level

This app was developed by Harvard University Researchers who believe that measuring the experience of many individual moments throughout the day and over the course of several weeks can give an accurate overview of your life happiness and help you understand what determines your happiness.

This mood tracker app sends you text messages to gain insights into your mood and well-being. For every 50 responses it generates a happiness report, so you can see which activities make you feel the happiest.

  • Android: not available
  • iOS, Rating: ø 3.2 with 61 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English
  • Recommended for: People who want to track their happiness

Smiling Mind: Best for mood tracking and mindfulness

Smiling Mind is an Australian app that doesn’t only enable you to track your mood but also offers a whole collection of different mediation for different skill levels and situations. Meditations are suitable for adults as well as for children. It also includes a “Mindfulness Curriculum” that is often used by teachers and can help users with mental health issues to learn new techniques to improve their mood.

  • Android, Rating: ø 3.7 with 3.252 ratings (26.11.2020)     
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.3 with 1.1K ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes 
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English
  • Recommended for: People who want to track their mood and cultivate mindfulness

Self-help for Anxiety Management: Best for managing anxiety

The app Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) is especially beneficial for those who suffer from anxiety and want to learn how to manage their anxiety. SAM offers useful information, helpful resources and guidance. The app includes 25 self-help tools from which you can choose the most suitable tool for your needs. Create your own toolbox to gain back control over your life and connect with people through a closed social network.

Great usability combined with anxiety management strategies backed by science make SAM a great self-help option.

  • Android, Rating: ø 3.9 with 2.964 ratings (26.11.2020)     
  • iOS, Rating: ø 4.0 with 60 ratings (26.11.2020)
  • Free Version: Yes 
  • Multi-Device-Ready: Yes
  • Special Features: English
  • Recommended for: People who want to manage their anxiety

3 Conclusion

Mood tracking is an effective self-therapy tool that can help you prevent or tackle mental health issues, like depression, panic attacks, bipolar disorders and anxiety, by recognizing early symptoms and warning signs 1Caldeira, C., Chen, Y., Chan, L., Pham, V., Chen, Y. and Zheng, K. (2018). Mobile apps for mood tracking: an analysis of features and user reviews. AMIA … Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium, [online] 2017, pp.495–504. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5977660/..

However, tracking your mood is not only beneficial if you are dealing with mental health issues. Using a mood tracker app to log your moods and other factors creates awareness for your feelings and their root causes. By developing more self-awareness and a better understanding of yourself, you can take charge of creating a happy and healthy life for yourself.

I want to encourage you to try whichever of the mentioned mood tracker apps resonates with you and stick with your new habit of mood tracking for at least two weeks. The more data you collect the better the insights you gain and the wellness strategies you develop.

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