My Gratitude Journal

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Capture your five happiest moments each day.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about mental health, self-reflection, perspective taking, and personal growth.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Functionality note: The app's emoji icons are not for individual posts but for the day's overall mood.

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The developer, Carla White, promotes her products and services via email. Users are asked to provide their personal email address upon registering for an account on the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Gratitude Journal encourages users to list five things they're grateful for each day. With consistent use (at least three weeks of daily entries), users can "rewire" their brains, according to the developer. The passcode-protected entries -- including photos, written text, and emojis -- can be shared via social media, if desired. It also includes daily inspirational quotes. The developer sends a lot of emails about her own healing journal (users can opt out of those). Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL, create an account by entering your name and Facebook, Twitter, or email account. Enter your first journal entry by adding a photo, typing descriptions of what you're grateful for, including a location, and optionally sharing with others via social media or email. View inspirational quotes, set a daily reminder, and search your past entries by keywords.

Is it any good?

This quick way to record your days' highlights is accessible to both kids and adults who want to develop the attitude of gratitude. My Gratitude Journal makes it simple to use written text, photos, and emojis to create a list of what you're most grateful for each day. For people who are looking for a simple way to develop a gratitude journal practice, this app could be easier and more effective to create a long-term habit than a paper-and-pencil method. Users can set a daily reminder when they want to record their gratitude moments, read motivational quotes, and review highlights in their gratitude journal based on keyword. The emails sent by the developer about her own healing journey from food and alcohol misuse by using gratitude practices are geared toward adults; kids and teens can opt out of receiving those. Using My Gratitude Journal could help users gain a sense of peace and hope about their lives through daily reflection and long-term, diary-like record keeping.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how My Gratitude Journal promotes a positive daily habit. Encourage them to take a few minutes to reflect on their best moments of the day for a mental and emotional boost.

  • Ask your kid or teen: Do you prefer entering photos or writing about what you're grateful for? Why? 

  • Share (in person, via email or social media) your gratitude moments with each other on some days. It may be insightful for you and your kid to see what's most meaningful to each other.

App details

For kids who love journal apps and mental health

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