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Learning More About Mindbloom

Many users want to learn more about the Mindbloom company and the suite of apps Mindbloom provides before getting started.  If this is the case, please check out our About Page at http://www.mindbloom.com/about/.  You can learn about the company, the team, news, blog posts, and information on any of our products there.

Mindbloom is a company based on the concept of life balance.  Whether you want to focus on specific areas of life, all areas of life, or simply want to ensure you maintain your current lifestyle, our goal is to help you as much or as little as you need.  As with most things, getting started is the hardest part.  We’ve worked hard to keep things as simple as possible so that you can try anything, experiment, look at the feedback, and learn as a result.

Most of all, we hope you have fun!

Resources

Life Game Video Tour

If you have specific questions, please consider visiting our Frequently Asked Questions section or sending us a message on the Contact Us page.

Common Terms and Explanations

Here is a list of common terms and analogies we use in case you ever get confused. Please note that these are simply definitions, if you would like instructions on how to use a specific feature, please select the feature from the Table of Contents:

  • Life Game: a web and mobile based app aimed to help users with life balance through inspirational motivation and task tracking.
  • Registered: Registration is a five part process.  First we need your name in order to personalize your experience.  Then, we need your email address.  This is our primary method of communicating with you, and a vital daily reminder of actions you want to do, an inspirational quote, and a link to make sure you visit your tree everyday to collect your sunlight, rain, and seeds.  You can manage what emails you want to receive in settings after finishing the tutorial.  Next we need a password to keep your account secure.  To further personalize your account, we also ask for your gender.  This does not affect any of the available options or experience.  As part of our Terms of Service, we also ask for your age to verify you are at least 13 years old.  For more information, please see our Terms of Service here.  Once you have agreed to the Terms of Service, you are considered a registered member of the Mindbloom community, and ready to move on to the tutorial phase.
  • Tutorial:  After registering, you will enter a tutorial mode which guides you through the basic parts of the Life Game to get you started, just follow the on screen instructions.  The tutorial process should only take a minute or two to complete.  If you do not complete the tutorial, you may not show up in your friend’s forest or search results.  Once you complete the tutorial, all features and options will unlock and be available for use.  You must go through all steps of the tutorial to exit tutorial mode.  If you exit, close the browser, or refresh the page before you complete the tutorial, the next time you visit the tutorial will begin again from the beginning.
  • Life Area: Life Areas are what we think are the seven most important parts of your life to balance.  These areas are, by default, named Career, Creativity, Finances, Health, Lifestyle, Relationships, and Spirituality.  Each of these Life Areas has another tier of leaves below it more specific to that area (Eg Fitness is a sub-section of Health).  While we believe this should cover any aspect of your life, you can of course customize and rename sections to reflect your life and what you specifically wish to focus on.
  • Leaves: Leaves are our way of representing a Life Area.  You can have up to seven or as few as one leaf on your tree.  Each leaf can be one of five colors (brown, red, orange, yellow, green) and one size (smallest, small, medium, large, largest).
  • Life Tree / Tree: The tree is our way of representing you; the greener and bigger the leaves are, the healthier you are.  While the average color and size of your tree represents your overall life balance, each individual leaf represents how you are doing in that particular area.
  • Sunlight / Sun Energy: Just like real trees, your Mindbloom Life Game tree needs sunlight.  In the Mindbloom world, sunlight is gained through Inspiration.  Every time you add inspiration or watch your inspiration slideshow, you gain 10% sun energy, which you can see by mousing over the sun above and to the left of your tree.  When your sun energy reaches 100%, you will see a flash of sunlight that will automatically increase the leaf size of every leaf on your tree by one level.
  • Inspiration:  Inspiration comes in three flavors: Images, Quotes, and Songs.  Mindbloom has a gallery of all three, and you can browse what others have uploaded or even upload your own inspiration.
  • Mindbloom Gallery: To help new users get started, Mindbloom has hand chosen a multitude of images and quotes for you to pick from and enjoy free of cost.
  • Inspiration Player / Sun View:  This is where you can view all the images and quotes you’ve added, while listening to the songs that you’ve added in a beautiful slideshow of motivation and inspiration.  We want to encourage our users to watch their inspiration everyday, so we award 10% sun energy once a day after watching for just ten seconds.  Even if you are a busy person or unable to sit down for a long period of time, seeing a certain picture or quote, or hearing a song that inspires you at just the right time, can be a profound catalyst.
  • Inspiration Stream:  Over time, goals can change.  With those changes, what inspires you necessarily changes as well.  In the opposite direction, seeing something inspirational could change or even refine your current goals.  To help with this, there is a public stream of inspiration that users have chosen to share in order to contribute to the community.  We call this the inspiration stream.
  • Daily Inspiration: Everyday you can find a fresh new piece of inspiration in the Daily Inspiration tab.  Sometimes this is taken from the Mindbloom Gallery, sometimes from the inspiration users have chosen to make public.
  • Actions:  Actions are the steps you commit to doing to improve your life.  You can choose from a plethora of Mindbloom created actions, or you can create your own for a more personalized feel.
  • Action Statement / Title: The action statement is the action you’ve committed to doing such as “Drink more water.”
  • Action Detail / Detail View:  The action detail refers to the description of the action, the resources, calendar view, and discussion of an action.  Detail view can refer to the right hand expanded second pane, which usually contains more details on whatever item you’ve selected.
  • Daily Actions:  Just like Daily Inspiration, the Daily Action is a fresh new action from our own Mindbloom vaults to help users try something new, or remind them of something they’ve always wanted to do.
  • Scheduled Actions:  A scheduled action is an action you’ve indicated you want to do on a specific day.  If the action is unscheduled, a green dot will show next to the action name.  If it is scheduled, it will show a green dot with a white outline.  If the action is scheduled, and due today, it will show an orange dot with a white outline.
  • Completed Actions:  If you complete an action, it will show a green dot with a check mark in the middle.  This will reward you 5% rain energy, and 10% rain energy if the action was scheduled 24 hours before completion.  We hope this encourages users to be more intentional, and think about what they want to accomplish in advance.
  • Rain Energy: When you reach 100% rain energy, your tree will get some water to help the tree stay green and healthy.  In addition to upgrading all the leaves on your tree one color level, your tree will also display a sparkle effect for 24 hours.
  • Grace Period:  Did an action and forgot to mark it as complete?  No problem, a scheduled action will show an orange dot with a question mark in it for 24 hours after it is due without being marked as missed.
  • Missed Action:  This is an action you scheduled and did not complete within 24 hours of the due date.  While you do not get any credit for a missed action, we hope that instead of cheating, users will take this information and learn from it.  If you keep missing an action, maybe you are trying to do this too often or on the wrong days.  Mix it up and keep trying!
  • Recurring Actions:  Some actions are worth doing everyday, or sometimes your schedule allows you to do certain actions only on some days of the week.  You can set any action to automatically schedule for any day of the week, this will act as if you’ve manually scheduled every instance of that day of the week into eternity.
  • Action List Manager:  If you haven’t completed an action in 15 days or haven’t scheduled an action in 30 days, you will be sent an email and a critter who will remind you that maybe you should update your actions.  You can either stop doing an action, and retain all of the history of that action, or delete the action entirely.
  • Calendar:  This view allows you to see two months at a time.  You can schedule actions, complete actions, set a recurring schedule, and journal from this view.
  • Journal:  You can journal on any day an action is either completed or missed.  If you have a particular quantitative achievement, or a reason why you missed an action, it may be a good idea to record it here.  If you did particularly well, you may want to change the emoticon to a smiley face or a star to mark the occasion.
  • Resources: Users often know exactly what they want, but are unsure of how to get there.  Resources are sources of information outside of Mindbloom that are relevant to the action and help users reach their goals.  Resources can be informational, directional, inspirational, or anything in between.
  • Discussion / Comments:  Whether you want to praise someone else for their contribution, or have a question about something, like you, most members of Mindbloom are happy to talk about a subject and speak their mind.
  • Friends: These are users you have invited to be in your forest of friends.  Being friends enables you to gift each other rain, message each other through snailmail, and see content set to the Friends privacy level.
  • Pending Friends:  These are users you have invited, but have not yet accepted either because they have not created an account or have not completed the tutorial.
  • Requested Friends:  These are friends who have invited you to be in their forest.  Click the green check mark to accept.
  • Groups:  These are groups of users that you can organize to be more efficient.  You can send snailmails to an entire group this way instead of sending individually.  Visually, groups will only show 10 trees in Forest view at this time.
  • Forest View:  This is the view where you can see how your friends are doing.  If someone has a brown leaf or small leaves, send them some rain or sun to help them keep their healthy habits.
  • Snailmail:  This refers to both the critter and the actual message delivered by the critter.  Users will be able to read messages through email or inside the Life Game.
  • Seeds:  Seeds are your currency and progress.  The healthier your tree is, the more seeds you will get daily. The more seeds you get, the higher the level you go.  See the Market for things to buy (make sure to check out the Game Goodies tab!).
  • Gifting: Gifting refers to sending a friend either sun or rain to make their leaves bigger or more colorful.
  • Market: There are backgrounds, action packs, and higher upload capacity packs to purchase in the Market, in exchange for seeds.  You may also purchase the premium content GrowPro package here as well.
  • Growpro:  GrowPro is the paid premium version of the Life Game.  This includes all the higher capacity packs, action packs, and two exclusive GrowPro backgrounds.  If you received GrowPro through a promotion or offer, GrowPro will still be marked as purchased.
  • Levels:  Levels represent your progress and how long you’ve been coming to Mindbloom.  With a max of level 35, levels get progressively harder, but you also unlock new actions, inspiration, and backgrounds every couple of levels.
  • Backgrounds / Themes / Locations: This is the image you see behind your tree in Tree view.  You start with the Backyard theme, and starting at level 3 you can purchase some new backgrounds.  Once purchased, you can switch between purchased backgrounds whenever you want.
  • Tree View: This is the main view for interacting with your tree.  You can click any of your leaves in this view for more information on it.
  • Settings:  A gear icon on the right side of the Navigation Bar, this is where you can change any of your account information, connect to Facebook, rename leaves, change email settings, or cancel your account.
  • Sounds / Music: Sounds refers to birds and cows in the background.  Music refers to the background music that comes with backgrounds / themes or the music that you’ve uploaded yourself.  Toggle these through the sound icon in the Navigation Bar.
  • Help:  The help button will summon the enlightening bug with buttons for the FAQ, Support, and tutorial video.
  • Profile:  This refers to the view in friends when you click your own name; this displays your name, profile pic, and details on actions and inspiration that you’ve done in accordance with privacy settings.
  • Achievements:  These are the rewards for doing various tasks, such as reaching a certain level or completing actions in a certain life area.
  • HumbleBee:  This critter brags for you so you can stay humble; he will also inform you of news and new information occasionally.
  • Enlightening Bug:  Your guide through the tutorial, and information source from time to time.

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