Happy Not Perfect: Meditation

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Rich resource for adults and teens seeking more mindfulness.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to be emotionally healthy through self-awareness, journaling, and meditation, as well as through courses.

Ease of Play

Step-by-step process with specific instructions.


Meditation themes and instructions include "F*#KIT Meditation" and "Release all the sh*t that weighs you down," written in that way with characters in place, as well as a reminder to "Keep kicking ass."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Happy Not Perfect: Meditation is a science-backed meditation and emotional wellness app that includes daily self-awareness exercises and courses for emotional health. Five happiness workouts and five daily doses are included for free, but a subscription is required to unlock more content. The meditation tool and courses are designed for adults and include occasional language references with symbols censoring offensive words. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Use HAPPY NOT PERFECT: MEDITATION for a daily exercise in meditation and gratitude or for reminders of meditative moments throughout the day. A "Daily Dose" takes users through several steps: mood selection, focused breathing, journaling to a prompt based on the chosen emotion, a meditative game, gratitude journaling, goal-setting, sharing positive vibes with a friend, and a short meditation.  Beyond the daily dose, there's a daily workout, a short inspirational message, and a variety of themed meditations, organized by emotional struggles: self-esteem, sadness, heartbreak, and more. Short courses made up of a few steps, each taking two to five minutes, cover topics like healthy boundaries, emotions, and mediation. 

Is it any good?

This impressive tool for daily emotional health is pricey but extensive. Users can easily skip features they aren't interested in (or don't have time for) in a short daily Happiness Workout. The Daily Dose takes even less of a time commitment to deliver a 30-second reflection or inspirational thought. Happy Not Perfect: Meditation is organized to give users what they want or need quickly and easily. Users can skip elements of the daily dose, or conversely, access them directly through the tools section. Choose daily reminders from a menu of ready-made habits and inspiration -- "Go for a walk!" or "This too shall pass" -- or customize a message to be sent with push notification throughout the day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can use the emotion words in Happy Not Perfect: Meditation to help communicate emotional status to one another. How are you feeling? What's the most specific word you can use to name your emotion?

  • When you can tell that your teen is struggling with emotions yet can't put those struggles into words, encourage your teen to use the journaling tools in the app for a few days. That may give him or her the self-awareness, words, and confidence to communicate more clearly with you.

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For kids who love meditation and mental health

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