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Last Updated on July 22, 2019

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.

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.

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!

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                      [1] Psych Central: Challenging Negative Self-Talk

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                      What Makes a Good Leader: 9 Critical Leadership Qualities

                      What Makes a Good Leader: 9 Critical Leadership Qualities

                      The word “leader” makes you think of people in charge, high-ranking people: your boss, politicians, presidents, CEOs…

                      But leadership really isn’t about a particular position or a person’s seniority. Just because someone has worked for many years doesn’t mean s/he has gained the qualities and skills to lead a team.

                      Getting promoted to a managerial position doesn’t automatically turn you into a leader either. CEOs and other high-ranking officials don’t always have great leadership skills.

                      So what makes a good leader? What are the characteristics of a leader?

                      Good leadership is about acquiring and honing specific skills. Leadership skills enable you to be a role model for a team in any environment. With great leadership qualities, successful leaders come in all shapes and sizes: in the home, at school, or in the workplace.

                      The following are some of the many characteristics great leaders exhibit.

                      1. A Positive Attitude

                      Great leaders know that they won’t have a happy and motivated team unless they themselves exhibit a positive attitude. This can be done by remaining positive when things go wrong and by creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere in the workplace.

                      Even some simple things like providing snacks or organizing a team Happy Hour can make a world of difference. An added perk is that team members are likely to work harder and do overtime when needed if they’re happy and appreciated.

                      Even in the worst situations, such as experiencing low team morale or team members having made a big mistake at work, a great leader stays positive and figures out ways to keep the team motivated to solve the problems.

                      Walt Disney had his share of hardships and challenges, and like any great leader, he managed to stay positive and find new opportunities. In 1928, Disney found that his film producer, Charles Mintz, wanted to reduce his payments for the Oswald series. Mintz threatened to cut ties entirely if Disney didn’t accept his terms, and Disney chose to part ways. But in leaving Oswald, Disney decided to create something new: the iconic Mickey Mouse[1].

                      The key is to break down huge challenges into smaller ones and find ways to tackle them one by one.

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                      Think about the lessons you can learn from the mistake and jot them down because sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn.

                      2. Confidence

                      All great leaders have to exhibit an air of confidence if they’re going to succeed. Please don’t confuse this with self-satisfaction and arrogance. You want people to look up to you for inspiration, not so they can punch you in the face.

                      Confidence is important because people will be looking to you on how to behave, particularly if things aren’t going 100% right. If you remain calm and poised, team members are far more likely to as well. As a result, morale and productivity will remain high, and the problem will be solved more quickly.

                      If you panic and give up, they will know immediately and things will simply go downhill from there.

                      Elon Musk is a great example of a leader with confidence. He truly believes that Tesla will be successful, which he has shown many times through his actions. He converted 532,000 stock options at $6.63 each, their value on Dec. 4, 2009, before Tesla went public. It was a hefty bargain considering Tesla’s stock price stood at around $195 per share at that time. He doesn’t apologize for his beliefs and has drawn fire from just about everyone for his political actions.

                      You can’t instantly become a very confident person, but all the small things you do every day will gradually make you more confident:

                      • List 5 things you like about yourself every day (something different every day), and you’ll appreciate yourself more.
                      • Work on your strengths and do your best to enhance them.

                      3. A Sense of Humor

                      It’s imperative for any kind of leader to have a sense of humor, particularly when things go wrong. And they will.

                      Your team members are going to be looking to you for how to react in a seemingly dire situation. It would probably be best if you weren’t stringing up a noose for yourself in the corner. You need to be able to laugh things off because if staff morale goes down, so will productivity.

                      Establish this environment prior to any kind of meltdown by encouraging humor and personal discussions in the workplace.

                      As a president, Barack Obama exuded confidence and calm during stressful situations. But he was also known for his “dad jokes,”[2] his genuinely funny speeches at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and appearing on Zack Galifianakis’s Between Two Ferns.[3] Obama’s sense of humor made him grounded, realistic, and honest, which no doubt helped during some tense moments in the White House!

                      Learn to laugh at yourself. Confident people laugh about their own silly mistakes, and when you do this, others will also trust you more because you’re willing to share your experiences.

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                      Be observant and learn from the jokes others make. You can also get a lot of inspiration from the internet.

                      4. Ability to Embrace Failure

                      No matter how hard you try to avoid it, failures will happen; that’s okay. You just need to know how to deal with them.

                      Great leaders take them in strides. They remain calm and logically think through the situation and utilize their resources. What they don’t do is fall apart and reveal to their team how worried they are, which leads to negative morale, fear, and binge-drinking under desks.

                      Great leaders do, in fact, lead, even when they’re faced with setbacks.

                      Henry Ford experienced a major setback after designing and improving the Ford Quadricycle. He founded the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899, but the resulting cars they produced did not live up to his standards and were too expensive. The company dissolved in 1901. Ford took this in stride and formed the Henry Ford Company. The sales were slow and the company had financial problems; it wasn’t until 1903 that the Ford Motor Company was successful and put the Ford on the map.

                      Get to the root cause of any problem so you can prevent it from happening again and learn from the mistake.

                      By asking “why” 5 times (or more) on why something happened, you can find out the key factor that caused the problem and can find the best solution to tackle the problem.

                      You’ll also learn how to prevent this from happening again in the future after finding out a problem’s root cause.

                      5. Careful Listening and Feedback

                      This is far more complex than it actually sounds. Good communication skills are essential for a great leader. You may very well understand the cave of crazy that is your brain, but that doesn’t mean that you can adequately take the ideas out of it and explain them to someone else.

                      The best leaders need to be able to communicate clearly with the people around them. They also need to be able to interpret other people properly and not take what they say personally.

                      The Dalai Lama, as a symbol of the unification of the state of Tibet, represents and practices Buddhist values. The Dalai Lama’s leadership is benevolent and aims toward truth and understanding, alongside the other Buddhist precepts. This is a great example for all leaders: if you want to give good directions to others, you have to get feedback from others to understand the situation properly.

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                      Encourage communication between team members and establish an open door policy.

                      Practice not interrupting team members when they’re talking. Instead, summarize what they say and ask for feedback after you have talked about your ideas.

                      6. Knowing How and When to Delegate

                      No matter how much you might want to, you can’t actually do everything yourself. Even if you could, in a team environment that would be a terrible idea anyway.

                      Good leaders recognize that delegation does more than simply alleviate their own stress levels (although that’s obviously a nice perk). Delegating to others shows that you have confidence in their abilities, which subsequently results in higher morale in the workplace, as well as loyalty from your staff. They want to feel appreciated and trusted.

                      Although Steve Jobs was known for focusing in on the smallest of details, he knew how to delegate. By finding, cultivating, and trusting capable team members, Jobs was able to make Apple run smoothly, even when he had to be absent for extended periods of time.

                      To know when and how to delegate work to team members, you have to be very familiar with each of them:

                      • List out all of their strengths, weaknesses, and personalities.
                      • Talk with your team members more to know about their passion and interests.

                      Take a look at this guide and learn more about delegation: How to Delegate Work Effectively (The Definitive Guide for Leaders)

                      7. Growth Mindset

                      Any good leader knows how important it is to develop the skills of those around them. The best can recognize those skills early on. Not only will development make work easier as they improve and grow, it will also foster morale. In addition, they may develop some skills that you don’t possess that will be beneficial to the workplace.

                      Great leaders share their knowledge with the team and give them the opportunity to achieve. This is how leaders gain their respect and loyalty.

                      Pope Francis has been unusually popular with many Catholics and many non-Catholics. His position isn’t totally traditional, which is part of his appeal, but he also has admirable leadership skills. Pope Francis’s TED talk[4] drew attention because he encouraged leaders to be humble and to demonstrate solidarity with others. This inclusive, kind, and respectful style of leadership is incredibly important for any situation.

                      It’s important to spend time talking with other team members individually to understand them.

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                      Find out team members’ current challenges and try to give feedback and encouragement so they will grow and do better.

                      8. Responsibility

                      Great leaders know that when it comes to their company, work place or whatever situation they’re in, they need to take personal responsibility for failure. How can they expect employees to hold themselves accountable if they themselves don’t?

                      The best leaders don’t make excuses; they take the blame and then work out how to fix the problem as soon as possible. This proves that they’re trustworthy and possess integrity.

                      Howard Gillman is the chancellor of UC Irvine. You might have heard of how the university rescinded a bunch of acceptances, and then changed its mind[5], This past spring, an unusually high number of accepted students decided to matriculate; the school initially responded by rescinding offers over things like missed deadlines. But the college realized this was a mistake and reversed its decision. Gillman and the university accepted responsibility and decided to move past their earlier bad decision.

                      Always ask yourself what you can do better or what you should change. Take responsibility and think about what you can do better to prevent this from happening next time.

                      9. A Desire to Learn

                      It’s safe to say that all great leaders will have to enter unchartered waters at some point during their career. Because of this, they have to be able to trust their intuition and draw on past experiences to guide them.

                      Great leaders know that there’s always something to learn from everything they have experienced before. They are able to connect the present challenges with the lessons learned in the past to make decisions and take actions promptly.

                      You can either recall what you’ve learned from your memories or search your notes (ideally, a software that you can access anywhere with things well-organized).

                      Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, has mostly made the right calls. But in dealing with huge amounts of money, Buffett has also made several multi-million (and sometimes multi-billion) dollar mistakes. He has stated that buying the company Berkshire Hathaway was his biggest mistake[6]. From that poor choice, he realized that it was unwise to pursue “improvements” and “expansions” in the existing textile industry. Despite mistakes like this, Buffett has invested wisely, and it shows.

                      To effectively learn from the past, write down lessons you’ve learned from any mistakes you’ve made. Have all the lessons well organized, and when similar things happen again in future, take these lessons as references.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Leadership traits are learnable. If you practice consistently, you can be a great leader, too.

                      Make small changes to your habits when you work with your team, wherever that may be. Most of us aren’t presidents or CEOs, but we all work with other people, and our actions always impact others. This gives every person the chance to develop leadership skills and to stand out from the crowd.

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