Mindbloom Expands JUICE to Windows Phone and Android to Offer More People an Easy and Fun Energy Tracking App to Kick Start Healthy Habits

New JUICE app helps Windows Phone and Android users connect the dots between their daily habits and personal energy levels and serves up relevant tips from experts to inspire change

Seattle, WA, May 7, 2013 – Building on the momentum of JUICE being a top-rated 4.5 star iOS app with over 100,000 downloads, Mindbloom (www.mindbloom.com) today announced the availability of JUICE for Windows Phone and Android. JUICE empowers people to discover what zaps their energy and offer relevant expert tips on simple ways they can get their zip back with its popular JUICE app.  The apps’ fun and simple approach helps the average person become aware of the daily habits that drain their energy, while serving up relevant suggestions and resources from top-tier experts on ways to improve those behaviors.

Following the success of its Life Game, which focuses on making life improvement fun, and its popular Bloom iPhone app, which uses images and music to inspire productivity, the new JUICE app uses similar principles of behavioral science and gaming mechanics to offer those new to personal improvement a place to start.

“JUICE is not an application for the ultra-marathoner or the traditional Nike+ ‘tracker’ crowd. Instead, it is an energy tracker for the rest of us,” said Mindbloom founder, Chris Hewett, a former executive producer for Monolith Productions who developed blockbuster hits such as No One Lives Forever, Tron 2.0, and F.E.A.R. “Today’s $31.9 billion market for energy drinks reflects the fact that many of us lack the energy we want, but most people don’t know why and don’t have the time to begin to learn how to address the issue.  JUICE offers the average person the perfect place to start and by adding more platforms like Windows Phone and Android, we can inspire even more people to kick start healthy habits.”

With JUICE, users can quickly and easily record and reflect on their daily behaviors in the areas of nutrition, sleep and exercise, as well as earn other “ingredients” including mood, relationships, stress and life balance. Tracking in JUICE is quick and easy and the application uses playful interactions to make the experience fun, such as offering a lighthearted visual sliding scale to rate that day’s nutrition behaviors that ranges from ‘awful’ (pizza, beer and a cupcake) to ‘great’ (salmon, vegetables and a glass of water). At the end of seven days users receive an energy report that consolidates their input for the week against their energy levels, offering insight into the actions and trends that are negatively affecting their energy.

JUICE users also receive daily tips from Mindbloom’s partner network of highly respected health experts and authors. The expert tips are personalized and relevant based on the users input, and are designed to offer proactive suggestions for areas where a user may have an opportunity to incorporate simple healthy habits into their daily lifestyle to help boost their energy levels. For example, if a user is struggling with nutrition, they might receive an automatic suggestion to “Grab a snack before dining out” by registered dietitian Keri Gans, author The Small Change Diet. Or a user not getting enough sleep might schedule a tip before bedtime to “Avoid sleep inhibitors” by wellness expert Brett Blumenthal, author of A Whole New You. Users who rate their relationship as just ok, might receive an a tip from John Gray, Ph.D., to “Spend a golden 20 minutes together.”

“We tend to live in a sleep deprived, overstretched, high-speed world, yet very few of us truly understand how our day-to-day pace depletes our energy levels,” said Patricia Bannan, author of Eat Right When Time is Tight. “While a second afternoon caffeine-loaded beverage might be part of someone’s daily repertoire to boost their energy, it’s a band-aid fix that doesn’t address why that person might be feeling drained by potential unhealthy behaviors. With JUICE, people get to the bottom of identifying what is zapping their energy so they can start taking actions to get their real energy to an optimal level.”

“Often you need a mental map to know where you’re going or recognize that you’re lost,” said Shawn Achor, positive psychology expert and PBS special host of The Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor. “With JUICE, people get an easy navigational tool for checking in with oneself when energy levels are an issue and they’ll get to see a map of their habits in a fun and non-invasive way. It’s a wonderful opportunity to identify areas where potential small steps could make a huge difference in enabling positive behaviors that lead to more energy. Used effectively, JUICE is the perfect gateway app to better health, well-being and happiness.”

JUICE is the first of a series of consumer mHealth apps produced by Mindbloom in collaboration with Vivacity, 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. Mindbloom and Vivacity have come together to deliver a series of multi-platform mobile applications that facilitate positive consumer behavior change by offering games, challenges, reminders and resources that help make the process of getting healthier fun. Today, this collaboration has produced JUICE for Windows Phone, Android and iOS, as well as Proof, a social life game app for people who want to challenge friends, family and co-workers to reach weekly personal or group goals on the go.

Pricing and Availability
JUICE is available today as a free download in the Windows Phone store, iTunes and Google Play and includes energy tracking against nutrition, exercise and sleep. Additional tracking areas including stress, relationships, mood and lifestyle can be earned through application use.  Check out the video for a quick introduction to JUICE.

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About Mindbloom:
Mindbloom is a Seattle-based interactive media company that’s out to make life improvement accessible to everyone. By harnessing next-generation engagement techniques and focusing users on personal growth, Mindbloom has created a fun, simple, and effective way for people to improve the quality of their lives.  To start living a healthier and more balanced life, visit: www.mindbloom.com. You can also find Mindbloom 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 are designed to 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.

Mindbloom and their respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Mindbloom. Other products and company names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Proof!: 1 of 8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race

April 29, 2013
SHAPE.com | Locke Hughes

Best for: Runners who like a little friendly competition

Cool features: Hold yourself accountable for every mile with Proof, which lets users “compete” with Facebook friends or contacts in your smartphone to achieve fitness goals—or anything, really. Anyone can post a status that they just finished an 18-miler, but this app requires “proof” of completion—i.e. a photo or video. To keep things interesting, the app has a real-time leader board where users make bets, offer words of encouragement, or talk smack to fuel the competition.

Read about all the other great apps here.

Get And Share Proof Of Your Life’s Greatest Accomplishments

March 27, 2013
148Apps | Andrew Stevens

Have you ever encouraged someone to do something but never found out if they actually did it or not? Proof! is a social-life app for friends and family to challenge one another by accomplishing life goals. People can select from a list of challenges already on the app or can simply create their own. Once someone has received a challenge, users must submit a photo or video to prove that they successfully completed their goal.

Read more of the article here.

Prove to friends that you can do 50 pushups or run a marathon with this mobile app

March 27, 2013
Geekwire | John Cook

Need a little extra incentive to get in shape, save money or volunteer your time with a non-profit?

Enter Proof, a new mobile app for Android and iPhone from Seattle startup Mindbloom that allows individuals to compete in weekly challenges with co-workers, friends or family.

Read the rest of the article here.

 

New Proof Challenge App Sparks Friendly Competition Between Friends, Families, and Colleagues to Make Reaching Goals Fun

Mindbloom Proof app for Android and iOS uses photos, videos, social banter, prizes and more to challenge and motivate players to reach weekly goals

Seattle, WA – March 27, 2013 – Mindbloom (www.mindbloom.com) today announced Proof, a fun, simple and social life game app for people who want to challenge friends, family and co-workers to reach weekly personal or group goals on the go. Available in Google Play for Android devices and iTunes for iOS devices, Proof features a retro arcade-like design that uses photos, videos, social bantering and player-determined prizes to challenge, inspire and motivate people to do something out-of-the-ordinary, whether at home, in the gym, or even in the office. Requiring players to post a photo or video as ‘proof’ that a challenge has been accomplished, visual evidence drives the entire app to inspire people to not just say they did something, but to prove it.

“Proof is for people who want to up their ‘game’ in achieving personal goals through the experience of fun, social challenges with friends,” said Mindbloom co-founder, Chris Hewett, a former executive producer for Monolith Productions who developed blockbuster hits such as No One Lives Forever, Tron 2.0, and F.E.A.R. “For those of us with a little competitive spirit, there’s nothing as motivating as seeing photo or video proof that a friend just took the lead in your daily push-up challenge. Next thing you know, you’re cranking out push-ups in-between meetings at work, during TV commercial breaks, and while dinner cooks. These friendly competitions are the perfect inspiration to becoming more creative in how we sustain those new habits long enough to become a natural part of our daily lives.”

In Proof, players can select from a wide list of seven-day challenges created by Mindbloom or notable experts, or they can create their own across areas such as Health, Relationships, Career, Creativity, Finances, Lifestyle, and Spirituality. Players are then prompted to determine the intensity, frequency and a personal incentive or fun prize for competing in the challenge. Next, Proof makes it incredibly easy to immediately invite Facebook friends, Smartphone contacts or use personal email addresses to ask others to participate in their challenge. For example, players can challenge co-workers to take the stairs once per day during the week with the reward of any prize they want, whether a free dinner, a night at the movies, cash, a simple high-five, or even a Tesla. To keep things interesting and competitive over the course of the weekly challenge, Proof offers a real-time leaderboard where players not only engage in friendly ‘smack-talk’ or offer words of encouragement, but also use photos and videos as actual ‘proof’ to showcase well-deserved bragging rights. Photos can be enhanced with Instagram-like special effects, stickers, and more. Anytime a proof photo or video is added or a comment is made, all players will be notified via email and in-app notifications – sparking healthy, fun and intense competitions as well as fueling chatter to keep players motivated and engaged.

“Using photos and videos for visual evidence is such a great way to not only keep people accountable, which helps their success rate, but I also love that you can see other player’s uploads of visual proof for added motivation and creative ideas,” said Brett Blumenthal, author of A Whole New You. “By requiring a video or photo as evidence, it becomes pretty hard to fake results, making Proof the ultimate way to challenge and motivate others to complete goals through accountability, encouragement and competition, but in a fun way that feels more like a game of Pac-Man meets Facebook meets Nike-Fuel, than work.”

Proof is the second of a series of consumer mHealth apps and the first Android app produced by Mindbloom in collaboration with Vivacity, a national leader in providing innovative wellness solutions to engage consumers in enhancing their own health and wellness. Mindbloom and Vivacity have come together to deliver a series of multi-platform mobile applications that facilitate positive consumer behavior change by offering games, challenges, reminders and resources that help make the process of getting healthier fun. Proof uses similar principles of behavioral science, gaming mechanics and tips from experts offered in Mindbloom’s other popular apps including Life Game, Bloom and JUICE, which focus on making life improvement accessible to everyone.

Check out the Mindbloom Proof video for a quick introduction.

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About Mindbloom:
Mindbloom is a Seattle-based interactive media company that’s out to make life improvement accessible to everyone. By harnessing next-generation engagement techniques and focusing users on personal growth, Mindbloom has created a fun, simple, and effective way for people to improve the quality of their lives. To start living a healthier and more balanced life, visit: www.mindbloom.com. You can also find Mindbloom 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 are designed to 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.

Mindbloom and their respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Mindbloom. Other products and company names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:
Michele Mehl
Buzz Builders for Mindbloom
425-205-9444
michele@buzzbuilders.net

Mindbloom Upgrades Relationship Life Areas to Inspire Everyone’s Inner Cupid Every Day

New experts, relationship tips, inspirational reminders and thoughtful suggested actions now available for iPhone apps JUICE and Bloom, as well as the Mindbloom Life Game to inspire healthy relationships

Seattle, WA, February 6, 2013 – With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Mindbloom wants to inspire relationships to be celebrated and improved on every day, whether it’s with a partner, parent, child, sibling or friend. To help accomplish this, Mindbloom (www.mindbloom.com) today announced the expansion of its life improvement content for relationships across all its interactive health apps to inspire people with relevant tips, actions and resources. Three new relationship experts have joined Mindbloom’s growing partner network of experts to help create the inspirational content:  John Gray, Ph.D., best-selling relationship author of all-time with 18 books—including The New York Times #1 Best-Selling Book of the last decade, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus; Arielle Ford, love expert, leader in personal growth and contemporary spirituality, and author of current relationship bestseller Wabi Sabi Love; and Dr. Barton Goldsmith, award winning psychotherapist, syndicated columnist of Emotional Fitness and radio host.

Mindbloom’s applications JUICE, Bloom and Life Game, combine the principles of behavioral science and gaming mechanics with the knowledge of notable experts and bestselling authors to make life improvement simple, fun and effective every day. Ford, Goldsmith and Gray bring tremendous relationship expertise to Mindbloom’s highly respected expert partner network, which already includes Shawn Achor (author of international best-seller The Happiness Advantage), Patricia Bannan (registered dietitian and author specializing in nutrition and health communications), Brett Blumenthal, (bestselling author of 52 Small Changes and, just released, A Whole New You), Lori Deschene (founder of Tiny Buddha and author of Tiny Buddha and the Tiny Wisdom eBook Series), Keri Gans (registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet), Brian Johnson (author of A Philosopher’s Notes and chief philosopher at en*theos) and M.J. Ryan (one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover).

“The upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday is a wonderful day to let people know you care about them, but strong relationships require small actions every day regardless of how busy we are to truly blossom,” said John Gray, Ph.D., who’s latest book, Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice: Hormonal Balance – The Key to Life, Love and Energy, combines his 30 years as a relationship therapist with extensive new health research to explain the connection between your hormones and relationships. “Mindbloom offers a great way for people to get inspired to take a quick break from hectic schedules to nurture their relationship little by little everyday. These simple actions matter, allowing us to keep our relationships top of mind everyday and not just one day a year.”

Relationships Matter: The Mindbloom Apps that Inspire Your Life and Now Your Inner Cupid
In JUICE, Mindbloom’s recently announced free energy tracking app, ‘Relationships’ has been added as a new life ingredient to help users discover daily relationship habits that could be impacting their personal energy. Similar to JUICE’s earned ingredients of life balance, mood and stress, the relationship ingredient becomes available as users earn credits for tracking daily behaviors in the areas of nutrition, sleep, and exercise. In Juice, playful interactions within the app make the experience of recording and discovering habits fun, including offering a lighthearted visual sliding scale to quickly and easily rate and reflect on that day’s behaviors. For example, the new relationship scale ranges from ‘awful’ (a dog and a cat in the throws of battle) to ‘great’ (a dog and cat in a full embrace demonstrating love and affection). Personal and relevant relationship tips will then be offered based on the users input to encourage users to improve choices and behaviors that are problematic and favorite tips can be saved or scheduled as reminders. Some expert actions included are: “Do an altruistic act” by Shawn Achor, “Pull in positive people” by Brett Blumenthal, and “Stay in the present with your relationships” by Lori Deschene. Throughout the month of February, users can get the new relationship ingredient immediately with the promo code: love4all. Check out the video to how see how JUICE works.

In Mindbloom’s popular app Bloom, which uses images and music to inspire people to live their life to its fullest potential, new Blooms authored by Mindbloom and its team of experts will be promoted in February in the Bloom Shop and are designed to spark positive change in interpersonal connections. Examples include “Let go of grudges” by M.J. Ryan and “Be open to romance” by Dr. Barton Goldsmith. Blooms are digital inspirational reminders that use rich media and captions to motivate people to do the important things in life one might never put on a to-do list. Blooms can be viewed privately or shared publicly on Facebook, Twitter or email to inspire or encourage friends and family. In addition to offering expert-created relationship Blooms, users are encouraged to create their own Blooms with their personal photos, music and favorite sayings. These Blooms can be used to stir positive action in relationships or across other life areas; such as, lifestyle, spirituality, career, creativity, finances, and health. Check out the video to see how Bloom works.

The Mindbloom Life Game, which makes it fun for people to define what’s important, discover what motivates them, and take meaningful daily actions in all areas of their life, is also getting a relationship upgrade. Suggested actions by Mindbloom experts have been added and will be featured for the month of February, such as “Rejoice in the success of a friend” by M.J. Ryan and “Stop trying to prove yourself to others” by Lori Deschene, founder of TinyBuddha.com. Using the metaphor of a Life Tree as a visual representation of a user’s priorities and progress in life, members are encouraged to grow the life they want by scheduling and completing simple actions that earn them sun, rain, seeds and awards. To date, users have followed through on millions of actions, including hundreds of thousands of personally created and expert suggested actions within the Life Game to improve their relationships. By integrating the new relationship content within the Life Game, members will be even more inspired to keep their Life Tree green and achieve their personal relationship goals. Check out the video to see how the Life Game works.

Mindbloom will actively promote the new relationship content in February across all its applications, as well as work with all its experts to offer seasonal and timely interactive health content to deeply engage users and motivate change across all areas of life throughout the year. Check out infographic titled “Top Ways We Relate” to see the top relationship actions and tips added by Mindbloom’s users to improve their relationships.

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About Mindbloom:
Mindbloom is a Seattle-based interactive media company that’s out to make life improvement accessible to everyone. By harnessing next-generation engagement techniques and focusing users on personal growth, Mindbloom has created a fun, simple, and effective way for people to improve the quality of their lives.  To start living a healthier and more balanced life, visit: www.mindbloom.com. You can also find Mindbloom on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mindbloom or on Twitter at @mindbloom.

Mindbloom and their respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Mindbloom. Other products and company names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:
Michele Mehl
Buzz Builders for Mindbloom
425-205-9444
michele@buzzbuilders.net

Relationships in Action

Among Mindbloom life improvement areas, Relationships is second only to Health in terms of personal development commitments and completions. Some of the most popular relationship actions are those created and shared by our users within the Mindbloom community. These actions are highlighted in our latest infographic below, starring a cast of characters now found in the new relationships assessment ingredient of Juice–the world’s funnest energy tracker (iOS app).

Connecting and Realizing We’re Not Alone: Lessons from Tiny Buddha

February 6, 2013
Lori Deschene, Mindbloom guest expert contributor

Of all the pains I’ve felt in my life, the sharpest came from the belief that I was ultimately alone—and I had to be.

I felt it in many different ways over the years.

As an adolescent, I felt ashamed of the ways my peers bullied me and convinced that there was something wrong with me. It felt safest to hide myself in my room—then the world wouldn’t confirm that I deserved to be hurt.

As a teen, I felt ashamed of the way I coped with my pain, by numbing myself with an ever-growing list of addictive behaviors. I felt convinced that it was safest to hide the truth of my choices—then no one would know I was so weak.

In my early twenties, I felt ashamed of having self-destructed for years, hurting my friends and family instead of making them proud. I felt convinced that it was safest to hide in a tiny room in NYC, far from everyone I’d hurt—then there was no chance of me hurting people again.

At some point while wallowing in the depths of isolation and despair, I realized I’d separated myself from everyone else, assuming people wouldn’t accept me if they really knew me.

It wasn’t until I joined a local yoga studio that I started questioning this belief.

Stretched into an uncomfortable hip-opening pose, I worried that others were watching, judging, mentally mocking—all things I feared in my everyday life.

As I looked around at others struggling on their own mats, I considered that maybe, just like me, they were caught up in their own heads, working through feelings about their former pain and trying to figure out how to avoid hurting in the future.

Right then I realized something: Everyone has fears, insecurities, and doubts.

Everyone has made mistakes; everyone worries about making new ones. Everyone’s doing the best they can, sometimes wondering if that’s good enough. And everyone wants to enjoy life more and stress about it less.

Not everyone could relate to my specific experiences, but in some way, everyone has felt the same things.

When we convince ourselves that we’re different—that people won’t relate or understand, or that they wouldn’t want to—we inevitably feel separate.

It’s ironic that even surrounded by people we can feel completely isolated, and yet so often we do.

Particularly in a social media-driven world, it’s easy to accumulate connections without actually connecting at all.

Every time we hide our true thoughts and feelings behind a façade to fit or blend in, we reinforce to ourselves that who we really are isn’t really worth sharing. And it’s such a shame to do it.

In any given moment, someone out there feels exactly like we’re feeling right now. What’s a better choice—to hide and feel alone, or risk the vulnerability of opening up and remind ourselves (and other people) that we never are?

Dancing around this question eventually led me to start tinybuddha.com, a place where anyone of any age can share their experiences, feelings, and insights to help themselves and others.

Over the past three-and-a-half years, close to five hundred people have shared stories for the blog; I’ve written hundreds of posts exploring my own struggles, successes, and lessons; and millions of readers have visited, many sharing how they can relate in the comments.

I see myself in the many contributors and readers, I know they see themselves in me, and, in doing this we’ve made a difference in each other’s lives. This is true connection, and it only happens when we consciously choose it.

photographer: Alexander Rentsch

If you’re struggling to do that, you may find these ideas (and the posts from which they came) helpful:

Know that you are worthy.

From How to Love Your Authentic Self

I don’t care how esteemed or successful someone is; there are things they’re proud of and things they’re ashamed of, and inside they wish people would see more of the former and less of the latter.

Oftentimes when we separate ourselves from others, it’s because we’re afraid people will see something that will make them question our worth.

We don’t need to change ourselves or our pasts to deserve genuine connection. We don’t have to try to hide the things we’ve done that might not seem flattering. We just need to forgive and accept ourselves, and trust that other people will, as well.

Being authentic means being vulnerable—letting people see all your different facets, trusting that they won’t judge you, and knowing that if they do, that’s completely on them.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be real with people and know the ones who accept me, accept me fully, than pretend and then have to maintain the illusion that I am something I’m not.

Dig beneath the surface.

From How to Feel More Loved: 9 Tips for Deep Connection

The key to feeling more connected is engaging meaningfully instead of keeping things on a superficial level. The conversation doesn’t necessarily need to be deep and spiritual in nature. It just needs to be honest, authentic, and reciprocal.

You can initiate this type of exchange with anyone at almost any time simply by asking about the other person, fully listening to what they have to say, and then finding common ground. Naturally some people will stay shut down, but it’s worth the risk of opening up to find the ones who won’t.

Resist the urge to hide behind a mask.

From Tiny Wisdom: When Relationships Are Messy

It’s tempting to present a watered down version of ourselves to keep things neat and easy. I did this for years. Because I wanted to be accepted, I did everything in my power to avoid disagreement, disapproval, or rejection—including hiding my true thoughts and feelings.

This is another barrier to genuine connection.

If we’re showing our true selves, stumbling and learning a little every day, and spending time with other people who are doing the same, we’ll inevitably disagree every now and then. And we may occasionally find ourselves in uncomfortable moments we would have preferred to avoid. This is actually a good thing because it’s a sign we’re being real.

It’s far more satisfying to be genuine and occasionally deal with conflict than it is to wear a mask just to keep the peace.

It may feel like friction creates separation, but it can actually bring us closer if we deal with it wisely. That’s the beauty of really connecting with people: It enables us to learn together instead of growing apart.

Author and researcher Brené Brown wrote, “There’s nothing more daring than showing up, putting ourselves out there and letting ourselves be seen.”

We owe it to ourselves to be daring, and we deserve the meaningful, fulfilling connections that we experience as a result.

Lori Deschene is founder of Tiny Buddha and author of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions and the Tiny Wisdom eBook Series. After tweeting quotes through @tinybuddha for more than a year, she started tinybuddha.com as a community blog, featuring stories and insights from people around the globe. It has since grown into one of the most popular inspirational sites on the web, with more than 2 million views per month. Tiny Buddha also has a robust presence on Facebook and Google+, with close to 1 million combined social media followers. Lori’s work has appeared in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and Shambhala Sun, and she has also contributed more than 100 articles on self-esteem and well-being to nationally distributed ‘tween publications.

Games for Real Life

Winter 2013
Casual Connect | Chris Hewett

“Games keep players engaged by satisfying the human psychological needs for competence, relatedness, and autonomy – psychological needs that are not being met by the self-help industry”

Read Mindbloom founder Chris Hewett’s explanation of games with purpose, and how he sees games fulfilling human needs of inspiration, fun, and health here.

Can Smartphone Apps Break Your Bad Habits?

January 28, 2013
Mashable | Jill Krasny

Juice was the clear winner of the experiment

At 8 a.m. my smartphone alarm goes off, nearly jolting me out of bed. It displays a short message: “Aim for 30 minutes of exercise today.” Craving another hour of sleep, I duck under the covers, but immediately that thought is replaced by another: “You know, this app actually has a point.” Five minutes later, I’m in my sneakers and out the door.

Juice is one of the apps I downloaded as part of my three-week long experiment to see if my smartphone could help me change my bad habits. I wanted to be fitter, more energetic and more social. I also wanted to eat better and stop spacing out on what I wanted to see at the movies. Read this article.