This app has a selection of mindfulness and meditation programs for use in different circumstances (home, sport, workplace, etc.) and for different age groups. Each programme has a number of modules or sessions designed to be worked through over a period of time. Each session has a video or audio track that gives the user details of the lesson, activity or meditation to undertake. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ Includes a vast selection of different guided mindfulness audio tracks for use in a variety of difference situations.
✔ Tracks can be worked through by following 1 particular programme at a time.
✔ Includes programmesfor different age groups.
✔ Programs can be added to favourites list (or removed).
✔ Users can set up meditation reminders.
✘ Workplace programme requires paid subscription for access
✘ Users are, by default, asked to complete a short questionnaire before each lesson. However, it is possible to switch this feature off in Settings.
April 2022, Version 4.10.0, Android
November 2017, Version: 3.2.2, Android
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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team. Reviewed By: Kris Garstang, Clinical Psychologist, Life Mind Psychology
Last reviewed: 08 Apr 2022
Reviewer: Kris Garstang, Clinical Psychologist, Life Mind Psychology Date of review: April 2022 Version: 4.10.0 Platform: Android Comments: Smiling Mind is an app for children, adolescents and adults who want to practice mindfulness and meditation. Users can learn mindfulness skills and implement regular mindfulness practice. Consequences of regular mindfulness practice can include improved concentration, reduced stress levels, improved sleep, increased creativity and productiveness, better behavioural control and improved mood.
This app is one of the best mindfulness apps I have come across. There are a wide variety of programmes ranging from introductory mindfulness lessons through to advanced and situation specific programmes. There are programmes for all ages as well as programmes that families, school groups and work teams can do together. All of the content, apart from the workplace programme, is free to use making it accessible to a wide range of people. NZ relevance: Most audios are recorded using a strong Australian male accent. However, newer files contain the option to choose between a male or female voice which may be more appealing to some. Safety concerns: None
Reviewer: Dr Lynda Gee, General Practitioner, Auckland Date: October 2017 Version: 3.2.2 Platform: Android Comments: The app provides mindfulness training and progresses through modules with personalised logs. Appropriate material available for children and adolescents. Easy to follow audio files. The amount of content could be quite overwhelming as it's quite comprehensive. Very little pictorial content. Safety concerns: None. New Zealand relevance: Fine except that the audio file voice has an Australian accent.
Reviewer: Kylie Head, Auckland Date: April 2018 Comments: I quite liked the question check in with your self- we don't generally do this. Program choice Guidance through each exercise. Options available for children & adults A dashboard that illustrated my progress. didn't like the reminders to participate. I also felt that Youtube clips could heightened engagement/entertainment. Children found it hard to engage.
Reviewer: Member of the public, Auckland Date: August 2019 Comments: Loved this app for helping me go to sleep.
Reviewer: Member of the public, Northland, Whangarei Date: August 2019 Comments: The app provides a great range of guided meditations - the sleep ones have been really helpful.