London-based digital product studio Ustwo and California-based mobile health app maker Thriveport have developed Moodnotes – an app that promotes emotional wellbeing by helping you understand and improve your thinking habits.
Launched in August 2015, Moodnotes encourages users to track their feelings by keeping a journal and shows them what influences their thinking, so negative thought patterns can be avoided. The app is available on iOS for both the iPhone and Apple Watch, at a cost of $3.99.
Using scientifically supported cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) content, the app provides new perspectives on situations and increases a user's level of self-awareness. "It's through the journaling that we tailor the content, in quite a simple way, whether your mood is more up or down... to prompt users to think more in depth about the situations that they're facing and how they're feeling and thinking while they're in those situations," Ustwo user experience designer Alana Wood told news site TechCrunch.
Health apps that merely track behaviour are no longer sufficient: consumers desire products that can help them boost mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. For more on how technology is being used to improve consumers' health and wellness, see CES 2015: Personal Electronics and Wired Health 2015.