Three Good Things - A Happiness Journal

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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End the day positively with this digital journal.

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Educational Value

Kids and teens can learn how using a journal to record positive experiences and emotions can influence their well-being. As users reflect on the big and little positive things that occur each day, they grow in self-awareness and gain perspective on life. Kids can also practice writing succinctly, as they must limit each "what went well" entry to 100 characters or less.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Simply type each entry in less than 100 characters. It's easy to set a reminder alarm and to search back through entries by week, month, year, or "all time."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Three Good Things - A Happiness Journal is a very simple, free journal app that enables users to record three positive experiences every day. Each entry is limited to 100 characters or less. Created by a teenager, the app is based on brain research that suggests focusing on positive moments daily can increase happiness. Users can "level up" every time they add a daily journal entry, share their entries on Facebook or Twitter (sharing is optional), gain experience points, view previous entries, set a custom notification, and more. Note: At the time of this review, this app did not have a posted privacy policy.

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What's it about?

To use THREE GOOD THINGS - A HAPPINESS JOURNAL, first enter your name. The journal page opens for you to log three answers to the question, "What went well today?" Tap the first box to type (up to 100 characters) a good thing that happened. If you like, share on social media. Repeat with the second and third boxes. View your stats, set a daily reminder time, and scroll back to view previous journal entries.

Is it any good?

This gratitude journal app is a simple way for kids, teens, and adults to increase positive vibes. Three Good Things - A Happiness Journal can provide a place for anyone to reflect every day on what's going right in life. What helps set it apart from paper journals is that users can set a reminder so they won't forget to take a few minutes to write down three good things that went well for them that day. They also can look back to previous days and reread their happy moments, and they can share any or all their reflections on social media if they choose. There's no guarantee that using Three Good Things - A Happiness Journal will improve every user's happiness, but there is some research to indicate that it might work, and it can't hurt to give it a try!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about moods, emotions, and experiences as they use Three Good Things - A Happiness Journal. Can focusing on positive experiences in life bring greater happiness? What about dwelling on negative experiences?

  • If your kid or teen is using this app, suggest they use the reminder alarm to support consistent use. This app will likely be most helpful if used daily.

  • Ask your teen what they think about sharing their positive moments on social media? Is it a good idea to share or to keep these moments to yourself? Why, or why not?

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For kids who love health and gratitude

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