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Android app I Journal might make you happier

by Caitlin M. Foyt

I Journal is very different from other blogging apps you might find.

This application is designed according to a set of principles that can make you live a happier, healthier and more productive life, as described in the book The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor.

The idea is that if you write down the things you are grateful for, document how you exercise, capture moments of meditation, or make note of acts of kindness, that you will be able to change your perspective. As opposed to picking out the things in your day that cause stress or worry, you should instead focus on the things that make you happy.

I Journal facilitates this journaling experience, providing the blanks that the user just has to fill in.

Because the app works in conjunction with Catch Notes, you will be prompted to download it, if you don't already have it installed.

When you first launch the app, the main menu has up to four different journaling categories the user can select at one time. There's "Gratitude," "Exercise," "Meditation" and "Kindness." The bottom of the screen asks "How is your day?" and five blank stars for you to fill in accordingly.

When posting in your journal, you can used photos and voice notes in addition to traditional print entries from anywhere.

What's nice about creating an account at Catch.com is that if you choose to, you can enable an automatic syncing option so you can also have access to your entries online.

While I wasn't familiar with The Happiness Advantage and its philosophies before downloading this app, the ideas made sense to me. Not only that, but the app did a great job of explaining what its purpose is. I had no difficulty finding my way around I Journal. The app seems to do what it sets out to do, and without issue.

I have a few minor complaints, though. First of all, I don't think the name I Journal speaks to what this app is really about. The I in the name makes it sound more like its a product created by Steve Jobs' people.

Secondly, I would hope that most people would be smart enough to not post very personal thoughts on their I Journal, but it seems like, when writing for therapeutic purposes, personal matters might be part of that process. Because of that, I wish this app came with a password option.

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