Today we discovered a new app called Jour and it’s making us want to keep a diary for the first time since the glory days of our middle school babysitting career.
The app claims that writing a little every day can have the same positive effect as meditation. (It also reminds us that Oprah Winfrey is a lifelong fan of journaling and that she knows something about positive effects.)
Our first taps in Jour took us to a Daily Reflection. Here we were asked to record one thing that makes us happy, what we might learn today, what we might be proud of, what we could accomplish, or how we could positively affect someone else’s day.
We wrote about buying coffee for the strangers behind us in line at the café and how it made us happy—so we technically knocked off two things at once. Super journaling productivity!
From there, we set daily reminders to make sure we’re staying appropriately mindful. Once we got into the groove—or, as the app put it, mastered the Foundation—we tackled more advanced techniques. Journeys, for example, is designed to help us reach a personal goal, like trying not to stress about work (and finally learning how to play the ukulele).
Elsewhere, we could move on from grudges in the Let Go List, combat anxiety in the Catch Your Breath Journey, or use In My Dreams to make a note of curious nighttime adventures. Apparently we do a lot of flying over the ocean on giant dinosaurs. Luckily, like any good diary, Jour doesn’t judge.