We're so quick to blame technology for making us less social (while being constantly connected) or for doing so much of the work that we lose our connection with the very elements that make up our world.
Before you huck your smartphone in the river, we've discovered a few reasons to give technology a second chance. Here are the 5 apps that will help make you a better you.
1. Cheerful Commuter. Using the Carma Carpooling app to find someone to share a ride is a heck of a lot easier than rolling down your window in traffic and doing impromptu carpool pick up lines. Not only will carpooling make you a better global citizen, it'll turn your commute into a much friendlier, socially-engaged time. And that should keep you from any rage related impromptu rolling down of the window.
2. Quick as a Whip. Keeping your brain firing on all cylinders is one app away. You may be familiar with Lumosity as the brain boosting website but it's also an app. Take on their mental challenges anytime, anywhere and keep your brain from turning to mush. What has Fruit Ninja, Candy Crush or Angry Birds done for you lately?
3. The Boss of You. Become the CEO of your life. Start by figuring out your core values, then set short and long term goals, track them, delegate tasks out to your team (aka family), create progress reports and share successes. Yes, we are still talking about your personal life and Lifetick makes it all possible to run it like a well oiled machine.
4. Stay Inspired. How many inspirations do you need in a day to keep you smiling and feeling positive? Good news, it doesn't matter because Bloom allows you to schedule as many as you want in a variety of different ways. Once you've got the self-motivation things down, you can use this app to inspire others by sharing uplifting thoughts or reminding them how much they mean to you.
5. Champion of Challenges. If you've taken our 30-day meditation challenge or our Green smoothie challenge then you know how powerful and (good) habit forming they can be. Why wait for the next one (hint: it's in September) when you can create your own personal challenges catered to your personal development needs with Proof. Challenge yourself to 7-days of gratitude or random acts of kindness, for example, challenge your friends and celebrate your successes together.
Whether your idea of a better you is a happier and more productive you or a more connected and conscientious you, these apps are your ticket to becoming the best version of a better you.