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Published on June 28, 2018

10 Uplifting Positive Affirmation Apps That Help You Re-Center on the Go

10 Uplifting Positive Affirmation Apps That Help You Re-Center on the Go

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with negativity in your daily life. You might read about troubling news stories, face challenges in your career that expose your weaknesses or deal with stress that makes your personal life unbearable. But just as you can cast out darkness with a light switch or a flashlight, you can cast out negativity through the power of positive affirmations.

What are positive affirmations?

Positive affirmations are phrases you say or think to yourself that reaffirm the positive things in your life.

For example, if you feel like your voice was skipped over in the meeting, you might tell yourself, “I’m an intelligent, capable professional and my voice deserves to be heard.” Or if you feel bad after cheating on your diet, you might tell yourself, “I’ve made a lot of progress toward building a healthier lifestyle and it’s okay to indulge occasionally.”

Positive affirmations work because they eliminate your thread of negative self-talk, and give you something inspiring, motivating or confidence-building to focus on.[1] If you expose yourself to these positive distractions consistently enough, you’ll walk away with higher self-confidence and a more positive attitude that can help you accomplish almost any goal.

But for most of us, calling up positive phrases and images on a consistent basis isn’t easy; not only do we have to wrestle with the negative thoughts and experiences that surround us, we also have to make time to re-center our thoughts.

That’s why these 10 uplifting apps exist. Each of them has the power to make you feel good about yourself no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

The best positive affirmation apps

Give these apps a try if you want to include more positive affirmations in your daily life:

1. ThinkUp

    First, there’s ThinkUp, recognized as the best motivation app of 2017 by Healthline. Once you download the app, you’ll be able to start recording your own positive affirmations in your own voice.

    If you’re feeling confident and good about your place in life, you can come up with some positive statements about yourself and record them for posterity. If you’re feeling less creative or don’t know what to say, don’t worry—the app also has a list of generic positive statements that you can peruse and choose from.

    Once you have a selection of recorded phrases, you can start listening to them however you’d like; for example, you can have them randomly mixed into the music you’re listening to, or set a schedule so you hear your affirmations at regular intervals.

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    Make it a point to record a handful of new affirmations every day, so you’re always hearing something new. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. It’s completely free.

    2. Kwippy

      Positivity can come in many forms. In many cases, affirmations that come from other people can be more powerful than ones you utter to yourself. That’s where Kwippy comes in.

      Kwippy is a new kind of social media platform that will send you random challenges throughout the day, prompting you to take a photo of something in your nearby environment. For example, a challenge could be “take a selfie with the nearest living thing.”

      Users can view photo submissions from every other user (as all Kwippy users receive the same challenges at the same exact time), and are given a chance to vote on the photos they think best capture the theme (or the ones that are the most entertaining). You can also comment on other images.

      If you’re having a bad day, the prompts can be your chance to re-center yourself and be mindful of the present moment, and the affirmations from other people when they see your contribution can be exactly the motivation you need to keep going.

      The app has a positive, lively community focused on fun, while keeping negativity out. Kwippy is entirely free to use and you can find it on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

      3. Shine

        Shine is a text messaging service based on the idea that sometimes, you need some external phrases to guide your internal positive thinking.

        Visit the website, and you’ll have the ability to sign up to receive a daily text message—all you need to provide is a first name and a phone number. Then, Monday through Friday, you’ll receive one message per day with inspirational quotes from successful people, links to research-backed articles you can use as motivation, and tips on actions you can take to feel more positive in your daily life.

        According to their site, 93 percent of people who use Shine texts feel more confident and have seen a significant improvement in their daily happiness.

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        On top of that, you can get a referral code you can use to invite friends to the platform. If you refer 10 friends, you can get free Shine swag. There’s also an app available for iOS devices where you can listen to “Mindful Moments”—meditations for your world.

        4. Smiling Mind

          Smiling Mind is a nonprofit organization that’s attempting to make the positive experience of mindfulness meditation available for everybody.

          Because the organization was founded by and is currently operated by psychologists and educators, everything they do is backed by scientific evidence, so you can make sure your new habits and affirmations are guiding you in the right direction.

          In the app, you’ll find a selection of different guided meditation options, which can help you eliminate your negative thoughts and focus on the positivity of the present moments. There are different programs for different age groups including children as young as 7 years old to adults, and programs for specific applications, such as meditation for sports, education, and the workplace.

          You can also track your progress since the app records how long your sessions are and when you’ve participated in those sessions. The app is free to use but you can make a donation if you want to continue supporting their efforts. The app is available for Apple and Android devices.

          5. Louise Hay Affirmation Meditations.

            Louise Hay has been a leading mind in the world of positive philosophy, and published multiple bestselling books throughout the 70s and 80s before launching an app in the modern era. Hay passed away in 2017, but her hundreds of positive affirmations continue to live.

            Hay’s philosophy that positive affirmations have the potential to physically heal the body may or may not be something you agree with, but there’s no doubt that these short phrases can help you turn around an especially stressful day, or break a cycle of negative thoughts from interfering with your mental health.

            With the app, which is available on the App Store and Google Play, you can listen to some of Hay’s most powerful affirmations whenever you need a boost. You’ll also find meditation exercises, guided with animations, to help you relieve stress and reset your mind when it gets to a negative place.

            6. bmindful

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              bmindful doesn’t have the beautiful interface that many of the apps on this list do, and it exists only as a web app. But while it lacks in design or mobile functionality, it makes up for with an enormous and ever-growing list of affirmations you can use to introduce more positivity into your life.

              When you sign up for free, you’ll have the ability to build a list of your own personal affirmations, curated from massive topic-based lists written by the community. Categories include things like health, love, life, wealth, money, relationships, abundance, confidence, success, work, strength and creativity.

              You can organize them how you see fit, and write your own affirmations—either for your private use or to share with other community members. Soon, you’ll have a list of hundreds of affirmations that make sense to you, and specifically, you can turn to that list whenever you need a break from your negative thoughts.

              7. Instar Affirmation Writer

                Instar Affirmation Writer is an app for people who want to take charge of writing and managing their own affirmations, rather than relying on those written by other people.

                Within the app, you’ll have the ability to schedule alerts and reminders for yourself, so you write new positive affirmations on a regular basis and the app will notify you when it detects key criteria being met in your response, including a focus on the present moment and an overall “positive” emotion.

                You can record your own voice reading these affirmations, and improve the affirmations you write with ongoing tips. On top of that, you can categorize all your affirmations and pay attention to how often you affirm by monitoring your writing patterns. The app is available on the App Store.

                8. Grateful

                  Gratitude journals are a popular way to practice positive affirmations since they force you to slow down and focus on the positive things that are already in your life. Then, once recorded, you can go back and look at positive experiences in the past for inspiration.

                  Now, you can use an app to make the process of gratitude journaling easier and more enjoyable—not to mention more consistent. Grateful is an app that gives you daily prompts; every day, you’ll be met with a question like “what made you smile today” or “why was today a good day?” Answering with even a single word can be a positive affirmation in its own right but the app allows you to write as much as you want or even include a photo.

                  Grateful makes it easy for you to browse through your past responses to prompts so you always have something positive to see. Right now, the app is only available on the App Store. It’s free to start using but you’ll need to pay for advanced features in-app.

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                  9. Calm

                    Calm is technically more of a meditation app than a positive affirmation app but it’s designed for the same purpose; to help stop your bouts of negative self-talk and replace them with a positive experience.

                    The main function here is a wide selection of different types of guided meditation sessions, which focus on different goals. For example, there’s a guided meditation for relieving anxiety and one to support loving kindness. There are also deep breathing exercises that are perfect for encouraging relaxation.

                    When using the app directly, you can set a specific time for the meditation to last and you can use a “motivation calendar” to give yourself prompts to be more mindful, or start a meditation session at regular intervals.

                    Calm also has paid features, which include multi-day programs that help you manage stress and improve your sleep. It was named the Apple App of the Year in 2017, and is available on the App Store and Google Play.

                    10. Happify

                      No matter what your goals are for establishing more positivity and better emotional wellbeing in your life, Happify has something that can help you. In their own words, “Happify is the single destination for effective, evidence-based solutions for better emotional health and wellbeing in the 21st century.” The main perk here is that the app helps you measure your subjective feelings of happiness over the course of weeks and months, so you can see the patterns in your emotions and (hopefully) notice a pattern of improvement.

                      While using the app, you’ll find tools designed to break up negative thoughts, reduce your stress, and build confidence, including positive affirmations and activities meant to help you relax. You’ll even find guided meditation sessions, helping you make the most of the present moment, wherever you are.

                      Happify is available on the App Store and Google Play, or you can use the web version.

                      It’s free to use the basic features, but the advanced options and statistics will cost you $11.99 a month.

                      Practice affirmation consistently

                      Using at least one of these apps on a daily basis can help you fight the negativity in your life, feel more confident, and develop the resilience you need to overcome life’s toughest challenges.

                      The more consistently you practice affirmation, the easier it’s going to become. Soon, you won’t have to rely on apps alone to break the cycle of negative self-talk; you’ll simply be a more positive person!

                      Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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                      How to Talk to Strangers Without Feeling Awkward

                      How to Talk to Strangers Without Feeling Awkward

                      Many of us feel awkward talking to strangers. I’m a very outgoing person, even though I sometimes feel uncomfortable walking up to someone and asking a question or starting a conversation. I consider myself pretty high up on the extrovert meter. So what is it that makes us pause and become worried or anxious about talking to people we don’t know?

                      In this article, we will discuss why we feel this way as well as some tips on how to talk to strangers without feeling awkward.

                      Step right up, don’t be shy!

                      Why We Feel Awkward Talking to Strangers

                      The next time you feel uncomfortable talking to a stranger, tell yourself that’s completely normal. There are numerous reasons why it’s actually natural to feel awkward talking to strangers:

                      Our Stress Levels Rise Around Strangers

                      Numerous studies have show that our levels of cortisol go up when we are around strangers.[1] Cortisol is the hormone inside of us which produces stress responses.[2]
                      So there you go, right off the bat you can see part of your standard response to strangers is due to a chemical reaction!

                      A very interesting by product of increased cortisol is that it makes us less empathetic. More than likely this can be traced to our evolution. The increase in the cortisol and the corresponding decrease in empathy makes us want to stay away from strangers. We are biologically wired to feel concern around strangers.

                      Evolution Taught Us to Be Wary

                      Evolution has also taught us to be wary of strangers in general. Humans as a whole have spent a large chunk of their history banded together in small protective groups. We did this in order to help protect each other and maximize resources.

                      When you think about it in this context, outsiders to our small groups or strangers are considered potential threats. Fear of strangers is common across almost all human cultures.

                      Culturally Conditioned

                      We can also thank our society for helping us feel uncomfortable and sometimes afraid of strangers. The term “stranger danger” is something most of us can relate to either growing up or raising kids. Or both.

                      I remember hearing this from my parents, mostly about not getting in someone’s car I didn’t know. And as the father of 2 teenage girls, you can be sure I’ve talked to them about this very concept more times that they want to hear.

                      The thought that strangers can be dangerous is built into us as it is. Toss in the amplification of the media on strangers doing things such as kidnapping kids and it takes it to an even higher level.

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                      Now that we’ve reviewed some of the reasons why we are nervous, let’s look at why you should talk to strangers more.

                      Benefits of Getting over the Awkwardness

                      Let’s take a quick look at some of the advantages of how to talk to strangers without feeling awkward. These are some high level benefits of talking to strangers.

                      1. Broadens Your Network

                      After you talk to someone, you didn’t know previously they become someone you know at least a little bit. This alone helps broaden your network of people you know. This is helpful in many ways whether it is work related or socially related.

                      2. Improves Your Communication Skills

                      I am a huge proponent of the value of solid communication skills and have written about it often. The more you talk to people, especially people you don’t know, the better your communication skills become.

                      Interacting with a wider variety of people will bring the added benefit of improving your communication skills.

                      3. Continually Learning

                      So many of us don’t actively seek to learn new things. This is one of the primary keys to staying engaged in life and our own personal self fulfillment.

                      Almost every time I speak to someone I didn’t know previously, I’ve learned something new. When we speak to strangers, it pushes us out of our comfort zones and we tend to learn new things.

                      4. Increases Self Confidence

                      Every time we learn to do something we were previously anxious about, we feel better about ourselves.

                      Forcing ourselves to talk to strangers will lead to increased self confidence. As we get more and more comfortable doing something that previously made us feel awkward, our self confidence will go up and up.

                      So, how to talk to strangers to reap these benefits?

                      How to Talk to Strangers

                      Here are some tips to on how to talk to strangers without feeling awkward.

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                      1. Say Hello

                      Putting “say hello” first may seem a bit obvious but let’s take a deeper look. Much of the social awkwardness when speaking to strangers is simply breaking the ice. The first words that will engage someone.

                      Most people will respond when someone says hello or hi to them. And those that don’t, you probably don’t want to talk to anyway.

                      Practice being the person that opens the door to a conversation. Say hello.

                      2. Ask About Them

                      Something that I have noticed over the years is that people love to talk about themselves. Even fairly private people tend to open up when asked about events in their lives.

                      You can ask leading questions that get people to talk about themselves and recent events. Things like recent movies watched or the summer vacation are great to get someone talking.

                      As a father, I also know that people love to talk about their kids. Asking about kids is a fairly easy topic to bring up and in general, most people will expound upon all the great things their kids do or are involved with.

                      3. Just Do It

                      One of the biggest reasons we don’t do things we want to or know we should is because we overthink it. Quit thinking about it so much and just do it.

                      When you give yourself the time to analyze every little angle about a situation, you also give plenty of time to talk yourself out of it. You’ll wind up thinking what if this happens or what if that happens.

                      Try to force yourself to jump right in without thinking about it too much. Whenever I have done this, I always feel great about it afterwards, no matter how it turned out.

                      4. Don’t Take It Personal

                      One of the greatest lessons in life I ever learned was don’t take anything personally. We all go through life with our own sets of experiences and see things through our own lens. The way people react to different situations has almost nothing to do with us. It has to do with previous experiences and the way people feel about things other than us.

                      When someone’s reaction isn’t what you’d hoped or expected, chances are it has nothing to do with you. Remember that and keep it in context.

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                      5. Get a Chuckle If Possible

                      I used the word chuckle purposely because it makes me laugh. In my opinion, it’s one of those funny words. We all like to laugh because it makes us feel good. And when someone makes us laugh, we typically remember those people in a positive light.

                      One of the best ways to make a conversation easy and free flowing is to get some laughter going. It doesn’t mean you have to be the master joke teller or anything. See if you can work in a way to make the person you are talking to get a smile or some laughter in. In fact, laughing at yourself maybe a nice try.

                      6. Detach

                      A great feeling is when you don’t mind which way something turns out, that you will be fine no matter what happens. Kind of like when I watch my two favorite football teams play against each other. I don’t really care who wins, I just want a fun game.

                      Treat talking to strangers the same way. You don’t really care how the conversation goes because you are detaching from the outcome. Make it a fun time with yourself and if the conversation goes well, awesome! If not then no big deal, move on.

                      7. Share Your Stories

                      Well, all like to feel connected to other people. And many times we wind up hanging out with people that we have things in common with. No surprise here.

                      To help with how to talk to strangers without feeling awkward, tell stories that have commonalities with the person you are talking to. Kids are an easy one. I have a daughter who was a competitive cheerleader and now plays club volleyball. I have instant connection and stories with strangers I speak with who have kids that play sports. It’s easy to relate to.

                      So when you are speaking to a stranger and you have a story or mutual connection point, bring it up.

                      8. Give a Compliment

                      Almost everyone likes hearing a compliment, whether they admit to it or not. As a general rule, we don’t give out enough compliments. It’s amazing how one small remark someone tosses your way about how good you look can literally make your entire day.

                      When you are speaking with someone you don’t know, see if you can work a compliment in. Nothing creepy here. Not a good idea to tell someone you just met that they are the prettiest or handsomest person you ever met. However, if you can share how you like their tattoo or shoes or something like that, it will help put the conversation into an easy going, smiling place.

                      9. Relax Your Body Language

                      If you go into a situation all worried and nervous, it shows on your body. Your shoulders are tensed up, there’s a look of consternation on your face, things like that.

                      When you engage a stranger in conversation, make it a point to relax your body language. Take a deep breath before you engage the person, let your body relax, and put a smile on your face. This will help relax you and it has the added benefit of putting the other person more at ease.

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                      If they see that you are relaxed, it helps them relax. Plus having open, engaging body language is very conducive to inviting someone to open up into a conversation with you.

                      10. Practice, Practice, Practice

                      Like everything else in life, talking to strangers gets easier with practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.

                      Make it a point to talk to several strangers each week and it will definitely help you relax as you do it more and more.

                      After a while, it will become something you don’t even think about, you just do it. And that takes all of the awkwardness out of being in these type situations.

                      The Bottom Line

                      As we have seen, it is perfectly natural to feel awkward talking to strangers. We are biologically built that way and we have our own society constantly warning us how dangerous it is. It’s no wonder we feel awkward talking to strangers!

                      There are numerous benefits to learning to be more comfortable talking to strangers. See if you can employ some of the techniques mentioned to learn how to talk to strangers without feeling awkward.

                      Once you start practicing speaking with strangers more often and utilizing some of the tips, you will become more comfortable doing so. This in turn will lead to a learned new skill and increased self confidence.

                      Remember, everyone you know was a stranger at one time. Now get out there and make some new friends.

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