Most of us fall into the trap of overlooking the good things in life from time to time. While it’s well known that gratitude increases happiness, we often need reminders to practice gratitude.
After Oatmeal Apps stumbled across Duke University research on the benefits of daily gratitude reminders, they came up with Three Good Things. It had previously launched Prompted Journal and Listberry,
Launched in 2018, the app currently enjoys a 4.9-star rating and has over 1,000 downloads according to data available on the Google Play Store.
How do I use the app?
Downloadable from the Google Play Store or the iOS Store, Three Good Things features Duke University research on the benefits of thinking about good incidents that can be as small as a sunset.
“Listing 3 good things that happen a certain way each day increases happiness more effectively than Prozac,” the app states.
The app then gives a short tutorial. The platform operates on an ad-free model and says it doesn’t collect user data, which means you don’t need to create an account.
After the tutorial, the app will prompt users to set reminders. You can choose to set it up for the night or the morning.
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Once the time is set, the app will take you straight to a page where you can list the beautiful things that have happened to you. The page has a date at the top followed by the question and a quote. For me it was, ‘Well, it’s time to stop reducing your shine. It’s time to stop looking for the perfect middle to be “just right”, by Emily Wilson.
While many motivational speakers and lifestyle content creators swear by listing good things at certain times of the day, this app also has a “I felt” section after you list a good incident that happened to you.
Writing about how the good cause made you feel makes you appreciate the incident even more. It also helps provide more clarity. There is also a share with friend icon. When you click on it, the app takes a screenshot of your entry and you can share it with your friends via WhatsApp, Instagram or email, among others.
By clicking Settings you can change the reminder time or even add more reminders.
An annual subscription of 1,050 unlocks more features of the app, e.g. B. turning on night mode, listing up to five good things, and creating a PDF of entries.
Three Good Things has an immediate calming effect. Its pastel cream and black interface is reminiscent of writing in an old journal rather than an app. The new quote every day is also a nice touch. But most of all, the positivity comes from just thinking about all the good that there is in life, even when many things are not going well.
However, the best feature of the app is probably its privacy. Three Good Things does not collect any data that would allow people to be vulnerable without worrying about their data.
Personally, I’m not sure about the app’s share with friends feature. Overall, the app is engaging and helps develop a sense of gratitude. Try the app!