The Best Tools to (Productively) Gamify Every Aspect of Your Life

February 26, 2014
Lifehaker |  Alan Henry

Lifehaker identifies Mindbloom as one of seven companies delivering on the promise of gamification in health and wellbeing. The company has been ahead of this movement since the beginning.

The idea of rewarding yourself to build better behaviors isn’t new, even if the phrase “gamification” is. There are more tools out there to turn everything into a game than are worth trying, but the best can really get you motivated. Let’s take a look at the good ones, and when they can be most effective in your life.

MindBloom has a suite of apps that makes this kind of personal tracking really easy.

Read the full article here.

 

Small Steps To a Happier Healthy 2014

New Year’s resolutions may be a faint memory as we slide into February, and many of our good intentions may have fallen by the wayside as daily life takes over. Making dramatic changes in our lives, our health, and even our outlook can be grueling, and often requires making big sacrifices. One episode of The Biggest Loser can reveal the commitment that massive change generally requires. It’s not easy. And it’s not for everyone.

But all hope for change isn’t lost. There is another way to sneak up on a healthier, happier life. And it may be far easier than you think. The world’s leading experts in personal & professional development, health and wellness have been helping users of Mindbloom’s popular Juice App, take small daily actions that lead to big, long-term changes. It doesn’t require vast amounts of time, energy, or financial commitment, and getting started right now is simple.

Here are the Top 3 Tiny Actions you can begin today and cultivate a healthier and happier 2014.

1. Get Moving

Target: Get up and move every hour.

fitnessSitting for long periods of time is bad for your health. Increased waistlines, poor posture, weak muscles, and metabolic syndrome are all linked with excessive sitting. Avoid these traps by finding ways to stand more during your work day. Move for just a few minutes each hour, or better yet, seek ways to spend the majority of the day on your feet rather than in a chair.

Fitness and nutrition expert Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, recommends the following tips to move more:

  • Get up hourly to stretch, do a few squats, push ups, or walk up the stairs.
  • Invest in a standing desk (or make your own).
  • Encourage walking meetings.

fitbit-iconMindbloom’s “Move More” Pick: Fitbit

This app connects with Fitbit’s line of activity trackers and Aria Smart Scale to get access to all your stats on-the-go.

 

2. Get Some Sleep

Target: Sleep at least 7 hours each night.

iStock_000005437706SmallAdequate sleep has tremendous health benefits including stress reduction, weight loss and improved mood! According to Fabrizio Mancini, DC. author of The Power of Self-Healing, getting enough sleep is critical for overall health and well-being. A lack of sleep may leave you vulnerable to stress, illness, and weight gain. While the perfect amount of sleep people need varies, Dr. Fab recommends that most do best with 7-8 hours each night.

Here are a few simple changes you can make to ensure a good night’s sleep:

  • Create a comfortable, relaxing sleep environment
  • Limit screen exposure in the evening
  • Try reading, listening to soothing music, or taking a warm bath before bed
  • Learn to optimize your sleep with a sleep tracker / monitor

pzizz-iconMindbloom’s “Sleep Better” Pick: Pzizz Sleep

Pzizz is a powerful new kind of insomnia treatment that’s perfect for you if you have the kind of sleep problems where you can’t switch off when in bed. You’ll find pzizz gently eases you into restful sleep.

 

3. Be Thankful

Target: List 3 three things that you are grateful for each day.

4a2cf656-bdf1-4bc3-8b07-b3a1f62b6049-bloomAccording to Happiness expert and founder of GoodThink, Shawn Achor, when our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism.

The more opportunities for positivity we see, the more grateful we become. In fact countless studies have shown that consistently grateful people are more energetic, emotionally intelligent, forgiving, and less likely to be depressed, anxious, or lonely.

Here are a few simple steps to help  build your gratitude muscle:

  • Set aside a few minutes each day to unplug and reflect on your day.
  • Jot down one to three things you are grateful for, no matter how large or small.
  • Take an extra minute each week to scan through your lists.

momentum-iconMindbloom’s “Express Gratitude” Pick: Momentum

See yourself and the world in a more positive light by focusing on moments that move you forward.

By completing these actions on a regular basis and tracking your progress, you are taking small steps to grow the life you want.

Mindbloom is the creator of popular wellness apps for all areas of life. For information about the company’s family of free apps, visit www.mindbloom.com.

Feeling down? Mindbloom’s new app inspires happiness

December 22, 2013
GeekWire |  Taylor Soper

Mindbloom’s apps are all about improving your life and the company’s newest endeavor certainly fits in that category.momentum33The Seattle startup just officially debuted Momentum, an app that helps people record and remember the happier moments of each day.Like Mindbloom’s other apps, Momentum combines the principles of behavioral science and gaming mechanics with the knowledge of experts and authors to help people be more happy.

Read the full article here.

Mindbloom Inspires Happiness with New MOMENTUM App for iOS, Android and Windows

Gamified hot-air balloon uses inspirational moments and photos to inspire a digital journey to keep users “afloat” and happy in their everyday lives

Seattle, WA, December 18, 2013 – Interactive wellness company Mindbloom (www.mindbloom.com) today announced MOMENTUM, a new happiness achievement app for iOS, Android and Windows. Integrating the latest advances in positive psychology, behavioral research and mobile gaming techniques, MOMENTUM turns the quest for happiness into a private, fun and personal life game that uses the metaphor of a hot air balloon experience to help users take stock in positive moments. Users launch and fuel their personalized airship by capturing small successes, happy times, hopes and dreams, and even those quiet reflections that might otherwise go unnoticed in today’s fast-paced world.

“Research published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology program and others like it, show that when people take time to focus on gratitude and the positive aspects of their days, their sense of wellbeing and happiness is improved measurably,” said Brent Poole, CEO and co-founder of Mindbloom. “With MOMENTUM, users can deliberately capture simple pleasures to stir levity and micro-moments of joy, all adding up to an improved mood and authentic happiness.”

Who Needs Hot Air When Life’s Small Moments Can Fuel Happiness

MOMENTUM uses photos and personalized notes as fuel to keep the games’ zepplin afloat and to encourage celebration of the positive. Users are asked take photos, use existing photos or write notes and then record the moment as Happy, Victory, Reflective, Kindness or Thankful. The capturing of these small moments, such as a smile from a stranger, the pleasure of cooking dinner with your family to big achievements like finishing a work project, inspires people to quietly reflect and appreciate positive moments. As positive moments are captured, or not, throughout the digital journey, the balloon will lift or fall. Once the balloon is aloft and happily drifting, the sky is occasionally peppered with whirling propellers presenting inspirational mini-challenges. For example, challenges include suggestions like “Stand up and do a full stretch!” or “One thing I’m grateful for is….”Upon completion of challenges, fuel is added to the balloon, keeping it underway and earning the user tickets that can be spent to customize their airship.  MOMENTUM sends the user reminders through out the day to capture those positive moments. Completed journeys are celebrated with fan fair and fireworks and the user is soon prompted by a push notification to start their next journey.

MOMENTUM is the latest in a series of consumer mHealth apps produced by Mindbloom in collaboration wit Vivacity, a national leader in wellness solutions.  Mindbloom and Vivacity have delivered a series of multi-platform mobile applications, including the energy tracking app JUICE and the group challenge app Proof that facilitate positive behavior change through games, challenges, reminders and resources that help make the process of getting healthier simple, fun and effective.

“MOMENTUM – The Journey” is available FREE for iOS, Android and Windows.

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About Mindbloom:  Mindbloom is a Seattle-based interactive wellness media company that believes that true wellness is about more than measuring caloric intake and activity levels.  We believe that to create lasting lifestyle change an individual must first change the way they think.  Mindbloom has developed a suite of popular wellness apps — including Juice, Proof, LifeGame, Bloom and Momentum –  aimed at doing just that.  Mindbloom’s apps are designed to be used alone or in concert with other wellness apps to make personal wellness simple, fun and effective. Visit Mindbloom at www.mindbloom.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mindbloom or on Twitter at @mindbloom.

About Vivacity: Vivacity is a national leader in providing innovative wellness solutions to engage consumers in enhancing their own health and wellness. Vivacity services range from personal health support solutions to customized wellness programs for employers.  The company’s personal health programs empower individuals to learn about their health and support them in making healthy lifestyle choices. Vivacity’s workplace wellness offerings help organizations build and maintain a healthy workforce leveraging data and analytics with tailored programs that deliver measurable results. Vivacity’s programs are proven to contribute to employee satisfaction and morale, while helping employers reduce overall healthcare costs through enhanced wellness. Visit www.vivacity.net to learn more about the company and its offerings.

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Juice App Packed With Fresh Goodness For Tracking Energy

Mindbloom’s popular energy tracking app, JUICE, is updated with new ingredients to assess your energy’s relationship to your productivity, finances, and organization habits.

New experts and tips are provided to boost energy improvement.

Since its launch, Juice has been garnering a huge following of people having fun in connecting the dots between their habits and their energy level. Through daily assessments and weekly reports, Juice users have been gaining insight into their ebbs and flows of energy and learning new ways to improve their vitality. With the expansion of new ingredients of productivity, finances, and organization, Juice now offers eleven different areas of energy-inducing habits to track and improve on.

Additionally, we’ve expanded our wealth of expertise contributing to Mindbloom’s life-improvement platform of mobile apps–including Juice. Joining our illustrious contributing partner network, who all believe in small changes leading to meaningful results, are:

If you have not downloaded Juice, give it a try today (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) and earn points toward adding new energy inspiring ingredients. If you are one of cherished regular, life-improvement enthusiastic users, please update your app from your phone today to take advantage of all this new Juice freshness!

 

Can Vampires Make You a Better Investor?

November 8, 2013
The Wall Street Journal |  Anne Tergesen

Other games use social engagement—including competition and peer pressure—to promote better financial habits.

Kerry Kearney, who is 41 and lives in Edmonds, Wash., recently challenged her son Cole to take his paper-route earnings to the bank every week using “Proof,” a free game at Mindbloom.com, a for-profit site. To win the ice cream his mother offers as a reward, 11-year-old Cole must send her “proof” of his compliance, in the form of pictures of his weekly deposit slips.

 Read the full article here.

Proof! app turns friendly competition into motivation

May 20, 2013
AGBeat |  Jennifer Walpole

Proof! app makes goals more competitive

Proof! is the newest app from Mindbloom. It invites users to challenge friends, family members and co-workers to reach weekly personal or group goals. This can be as simple as cleaning out your inbox, or as complex as bringing in a set number of new clients.

What’s the twist? This app is much different in that it requires users to post either a photo or a video as “proof” that the challenge has been completed. This gives users a sense of accountability; to not only accomplish a goal, but to prove that they have done it.

Read more here.

My 3 Favorite iPhone Apps (JUICE)

May 15, 2013
Polish My Crown | Andi Teggart

Juice is an app that encourages healthy change. The app was created by Mindbloom and allows you to rate and track your sleep, exercise and eating habits each day. Each week you’ll receive a report that shares your activity patterns affecting your energy. My favorite feature of the app is the library of tips related to exercise, sleep, nutrition, mood, relationships, balance and stress from dozens of top healthy experts. One tip I loved was “build in fun activities into your schedule” and the app gave examples like: host a game night with friends, ask friends what funny things have happened to them recently, ride roller coasters, act like a kid!

Read more here.

App of the Week: JUICE

May 13, 2013
S.F. Chronicle

Juice is a fun, easy-to-use energy and activity tracker that helps you connect the dots between your daily routine and your energy. Keeping track of your activities such as sleep, diet and exercise can help you identify and change the behaviors that zap your energy. Unlike other health applications that require so much time and effort to use, Juice is simple to use and can be completed in under a minute a day.

Read more here.

Mindbloom releases Juice for Windows Phone to help maintain a healthy lifestyle

May 8, 2013
Windows Phone Central | Rich Edmonds

Mindbloom (www.mindbloom.com) has released its first Windows Phone app. Titled Juice, the app is an interactive energy tracker to help consumers maintain a healthy lifestyle. While it’s not for those who are serious about fitness (there are other solutions for such activities and training – look back at our Mobile Nations Fitness Month for more), Juice will certainly cater for those who are interested in how to improve general health. Read this article.