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About Mindbloom

Mindbloom Incorporated 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 them on personal development, Mindbloom has created a new, powerful way for people to improve the quality of their lives. Utilizing behavioral science, personalized rich media, and fun social gaming techniques in their offerings Mindbloom makes the process of personal growth fun, simple and effective.

About Welltok

Welltok, the pioneer in Social Health Management, provides an integrated platform for payers, health systems, ACOs and other population health managers to manage their health improvement programs. At the core of our success is CaféWell, our Health Optimization Platform, provides an engaging, rewarding way for consumers to take control of their physical, emotional and financial health.

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.

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!

 

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.

Forbes Pronounces 2013 The Year of Digital Health

January 2, 2013
Forbes | John Nosta

“…The value of the digital health revolution to healthcare and wellness is almost immeasurable. Currently, innovations outpace applications and the future seems almost redefined on a daily basis. But out of this creative chaos will emerge a profound transformation of healthcare that will make the vision of Star Trek and Fantastic Voyage seem almost mundane.” Read this article.

Team of Energy Expertise

In the development of our latest mHealth application, Juice, Mindbloom concentrated the team’s expertise in social gaming and applied behavioral science toward the “personal” energy crises happening in our bustling lives. Whether someone describes it as “tired”, “drained”, “sleepy”, “stressed”, “foggy”, or by some other countless synonym, there is generally regular acknowledgement, morning, noon, and night, of our energy being zapped. Add the holiday season to the mix and we have the potential for an energy-depleting whirlwind. Digging a little deeper at the causes, and it is generally understood that a multitude of contributing factors exists and, thus, many potential solutions.

Our iPhone app, Juice, helps you connect the dots between your daily routines, or habits, and your personal energy levels. Through this tracking and discovery, you gain awareness on what is personally affecting you, and you’re given advice on small changes toward meaningful improvement. Mindbloom partnered with leading experts in their personal energy-related fields in providing you with useful tips to apply to your particular need or interest. Within the app, you can mark your favorites and set reminders put them into action.

We believe the advice of our expert partners greatly adds to the wonderful utility you’ll find in using Juice to track, discover and improve your energy. You can explore all of their tips in Juice by going to the Nutrition Fact label and selecting Energy Tips. There you can choose your particular interest or improvement area: Exercise, Sleep, Nutrition, Balance, Mood, and Stress. In addition to our experts’ tips, they’ve also contributed a selection of tip-related resources to investigate further; such as, books, articles, videos, and more. These resources are listed below their related tip.

Mindbloom will be continuing to add to your choices of energy tips in the months ahead by adding to our team of experts and supplying fresh, seasonal tips.

We are proud to introduce our inaugural team of renown experts below. You can find their expert advice within Juice and access their actions and resources within Mindbloom’s Life Game as well. Download Juice at the iTunes store today!

Juice Expert Contributors

Shawn Achor is the author of the international bestseller, The Happiness Advantage, founder & CEO of Good Think, Inc., and widely considered the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success.  Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard, during which he served as Head Teaching Fellow for “Positive Psychology”—the most popular course at Harvard.  In 2012, Shawn’s research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk became one of the most popular all time with over 3 million views, and he has a new lecture airing now on PBS called “The Happiness Advantage.”

Patricia Bannan, M.S., R.D., is a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian specializing in nutrition and health communications. She develops news segments for television stations, writes articles for magazines, and serves as a consultant and a national nutrition spokesperson. She is the author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight: 150 Slim-Down Strategies and No-Cook Food Fixes and, given ongoing book interest, is developing corporate wellness programs focused on optimizing nutrition for peak workplace performance. Patricia has conducted more than 1,000 media interviews over the past decade, including guest appearances on The TODAY Show, The Doctors, ABC News, Fox News Channel and CNN. She has written for and been interviewed by such leading magazines as O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Self, Shape, Glamour, Parenting, and Redbook and has worked as health reporter and producer for CNN.

Brett Blumenthal is founder of SheerBalance.com and bestselling author of 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You and Get Real and STOP Dieting! Her next book, A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life will be released January 2, 2012. She regularly speaks at conferences, spas and wellness centers, and consults on topics of health and wellbeing, and personal change. Her writing is regularly featured on popular sites including: Yahoo!, Shine from Yahoo!, Divine Caroline, Intent and Gather. She has also been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spa Magazine, Stuff Boston, and American Fitness.  Brett has appeared on NBC, FOX and CBS, and on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Radio Show – on Sirius Radio. She is a regular guest on Better Connecticut (WFSB – CBS, Hartford, CT) and MyFox – 25 in Boston.

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.

Keri Gans, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian, spokesperson and media personality with a private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Small Change Diet: 10 Steps to a Thinner, Healthier You, a Past-Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Past-President of The New York State Dietetic Association. Beyond her own practice, Keri writes a weekly blog on U.S. News’ Eat + Run and is frequently quoted in local and national publications, such as Glamour, Fitness, Shape, Self, Women’s Health, and Health. Keri has made several television appearances including, EXTRA, The Dr. Oz Show, ABC News, WPIX11 Morning Show, Primetime, and Good Morning America and is regularly on radio shows such as Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Dr. Radio, The Joan Hamburg Show and Martha Stewart Living.

Brian Johnson leads the team as the Philosopher + CEO of en*theos, a company out help you optimize life and to change the world. He created PhilosophersNotes, wrote a little book called A Philosopher’s Notes, has a monthly “Big Ideas” column in Experience Life magazine and was featured in the documentary Finding Joe. In his past lives, Brian raised $8 million to finance the creation of eteamz + Zaadz after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA (where he studied Psychology + Business).

M. J. Ryan is one of the creators of the New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover (nominated for the 2005 Books for Better Living award in the Motivational category), Attitudes of Gratitude, The Power of Patience, Trusting Yourself, The Giving Heart, and 365 Health and Happiness Boosters, among other titles. As an executive coach and personal change expert for Professional Thinking Partners (PTP), she is a member of the International Coaching Federation, is a contributing editor to Health and Good Housekeeping and has appeared on “The Today Show,” CNN, and hundreds of radio programs. Articles on her work have appeared in over 1000 newspaper and magazines, including The New York Times, USA Today, Wall St. Journal, Health, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Town and Country, Cosmopolitan and Yoga Journal.

Seeding Your Creativity

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ~Dr. Seuss

We are all about play at Mindbloom. When our minds are not locked to a computer monitor, we can often be found playing an instrument or game. Beyond taking a break, reducing stress, and creating bonds with co-workers, we find play opens up our senses toward being creative. This creativity fosters our innovation as a company and add a great deal of personal satisfaction to our work.

Mindbloom Life Game and Bloom* users are tapping their creativity every day. Within the Life Game, thousands have selected actions in the Creativity life area. In both the Life Game and Bloom*, personal inspirations are being created from images, music and quotes which are meaningful to their creators–many of which are shared to play it forward to family and friends.

Within Life Game

Creative Actions:  Adding a Creativity leaf to your Life Game tree is as easy as adding a Creativity action to your existing action list. When adding a new creative action, select Creativity from the drop-down menu (see image), and the breadth of actions Mindbloom and users have entered are available to choose from.

Creative Inspirations:  Mixing images, music and quotes that are meaningful to you and inspire, you is easy within the Life Game. There are thousands of images, songs and quotes to choose from shared by Mindbloom and users. Or you can make it truly personal by uploading your own images, music and quotes. To get you started, you can learn more here.

Within Mobile iPhone app: Bloom*

Creative Bloom*: Use images from your iPhone’s Camera Roll, Bloom Gallery, Life Game Gallery, or even the Community Gallery to create your own inspirational bloom slideshow. You can further enhance your images with effects and added text to make your images even more inspirational. To learn more detail on creating your own blooms click here.

Happy creating!

Sleep in Mindbloom

Within Mindbloom’s Life Game, many sleep-related actions are among the most popular added to individual life trees. Not surprising, as it’s been reported 70 million in the US have sleep problems and 75% of American adults say they frequently experience at least one sleep problem symptom each year[1]. Using Life Game to assist, you can select sleep-related actions which are identified as important to you, discover your motivation, and take meaningful action through small changes to dramatically improve your sleep.

1.  Decide What’s Important:  Sleep

Within Life Game, there are several sleep-related actions to choose from—most, directly supported by expert advice from sleep doctors; such as:

To find additional sleep-related actions added by Mindbloom and fellow Life Game users, simply choose Find Actions in the My Actions window and type “sleep” into the entry field. Or, if these don’t fit your need, choose Create Your Own and enter a sleep action personally important to you!

Here are more small changes, commonly suggested by sleep experts and doctors[2][3][4], to get you started:

  • Obey the 15-minute rule—if not asleep get out of bed
  • Make sleep environment cool, dark and quiet
  • Reserve the bed for sleep and sex only
  • Wind down and power off technology a few hours before bedtime
  • Wake up the same time every day
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals interfering with sleep
  • Establish a calming pre-sleep routine
  • Go to sleep when tired
  • Stop watching the clock at night
  • Don’t exercise too soon before bedtime
  • Don’t eat or drink too soon before bedtime
  • Limit daytime naps for a better night’s sleep
  • Jot down what’s on the mind and set aside for next day
  • Read before bed
  • Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed

2. Discover Your Motivation

In addition to building inspiration through shared images, music, and quotes, motivation toward improved sleep can be gained through utilizing Life Game’s recommended resources–expert advice, mobile apps, sleep monitor devices, and more. Recommended resources are located within corresponding actions (a sleep example here). A few Mindbloom favorites for sleep are:

Expert advice

The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep-  Provides a step by step program for overcoming sleep problems from insomnia and snoring to restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.

 

Lifehacker Australia’s Ultimate Guide to Sleeping Better – Website feature of several articles on solving sleep problems and presented with fresh perspectives.

Healthy Sleep Tips from the National Sleep Foundation – One of several web pages from an organization dedicated to educating on the importance of sleep.

Mobile apps

Get some zzz’s bloom* (free) – Bloom* iPhone app inspires you to live every day to the fullest:  In this instance, the Get some zzz’s bloom* provides a sleep reminder. To learn more about bloom* click here.

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