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13 social good mobile apps for a healthier you

13 social good mobile apps for a healthier you

13 social good mobile apps for a healthier you
Apple iPad 2 ($499): The device that made tablet computing mainstream still reigns, outselling all others combined. It's thinner than competing tablets and has access to an unparalleled array of applications: half a million, of which 140,000 are adapted for the iPad's 9.7-inch screen.

13 social good mobile apps for a healthier you

 Altruism, happiness, and health: it’s good to be good. Post, S.G. Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2005;12(2):66-77. []

Hate ‘em or love ‘em, there’s a mobile app for just about anything. Some help us waste time, some save time, and then some help us do good and live better. We’ve rounded up 13 apps that promote social good — from staying happy and safe to being more eco-friendly.

Stay Happy

Live Happy

live happy app

What Is It: This happiness-boosting, positive psychology app measures happiness levels during each activity and recommends activities to keep users smiling all day. The technology is based on research from Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at the University of California, and they were developed by Signal Patterns’ SP Labs research team. Features range from educational videos that help understand the mysterious variables of happiness, to recommendations for endorphin-boosting activities. It also lets users create albums of positive notes and other feel good memories.
Social Good Factor: Donates a portion of every app sale to the Live Your Life Well program, a public education campaign (launched by the non-profit Mental Health America) dedicated to helping people combat stress and promote well being.
Details: Available for iOS. Cost: $0.99.

PE Coach

What Is It: Developed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, this app is designed to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Millions of people are affected by PTSD every year, so the app could be helpful to even non-military users. Note: The app is not sufficient to treat PTSD alone.
Social Good: Statistics show that about 8 percent of the U.S. population (approximately 24 million people) will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. It’s pretty cool to see government leverage technology and take initiative in addressing this problem.
Details: Available for iOS and Android. Cost: Free!

Get Good Habits

Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits app

Healthy Habits

What Is It: Create and maintain good habits by tracking daily actions and getting reminders and rewards throughout the day. Users can identify the habits they want to make, add them to the app, and get started! Check progress over time with easy-to-view graphs and be held accountable for keeping those habits!
Social Good Factor: This app can help users form habits that make a positive social impact. Been meaning to set up a recycling system or volunteer more often? This app makes it easy. Besides, helping others may boost your own happiness and health[1].
Details: Available for iOS. Cost: Free. There are upgraded and premium versions of Healthy Habits for $1.99 and $4.99.

“Good” Alternatives

Still having trouble keeping those habits at times? Use journal app to record what’s going on each week. Notice any trends in behaviors that get in the way of goals? Identifying trouble spots can help address and overcome these obstacles.

Eat Local


ilocavore app


What Is It: This is a one-shop-stop to finding fresh produce and understanding the health benefits of eating local. Using theLocallectual.com database, this app can find farms and farmer’s markets nearby, search for specific produce, browse what’s in-season and locate restaurants serving local food.
Social Good Factor: Supports local farms and businesses and may keep us healthy(ier) by eating local produce. And with recent research suggesting that there might not be much of a difference between organic and conventional food, eating local might be the new priority!
Details: Availaible for iOS and Android. Cost: Free!

“Good” Alternatives

Eat Local and Harvest are some other sweet apps to find local, healthy food. There’s lots of other ways to connect to the local food scene!

Do Good


volunteer match app

What Is It: This resourceful app connects people with good causes. Search and sign up with more than 89,000 participating organizations for volunteer opportunities. See what’s in the area, read reviews from previous volunteers, and sign up or save opportunities for later.
Social Good Factor: The VolunteerMatch application is the result of a pro bono collaboration with imc2, a for-profit organization that has committed to Positive Impact. They are leading by example to show that pro bono service is a great way for businesses to make a social impact. Plus, volunteering skills and time is a social good in itself!
Details: Available for iOS. Cost: Free!

Donation Connect

What Is It: Similar to VolunteerMatch, this app connects people (and their dollars) to participating charities. Scroll through their database, select a charity, and donate with a simple tap of a finger. All donations are charged to the user’s wireless bill or automatically deducted from a pre-paid balance. No need to worry about another set of bills!
Social Good Factor: Every little bit helps, and Donation Connect makes it super easy to do our part and make a small contribution to the causes we care about.
Details: Available for iOS. Cost: Free!


What Is It: Ideal for the engaged citizen. With a simple click, SeeClickFix lets users report and monitor local issues like road problems, discuss community concerns, and stay informed with local updates.
Social Good Factor: This app helps close the gap between government and citizens, and makes it easy to give input and contribute to fixing problems in the local community.
Details: Available for iOSAndroid and Blackberry. Cost: Free!

“Good” Alternatives

Try out Instead, an app that encourages users to swap the little daily (and often unnecessary) purchases for a donation to a favorite cause or charity. LevelUp is also a cool app that lets users make payments with their phone (in place of a credit card, just use the phone) and donates some of those savings to a cause of their choice.

Stay Safe

yodel app


What Is It: Should anything go wrong on an outdoor adventure, this app lets users reach a pre-selected network of friends or 911 for an emergency response. Take pre-emptive action by scheduling an estimated time of return from a trip — an alert will be sent to emergency contacts with a location if that time is passed without turning off the timer.
Social Good Factor: Yodel’s developers,Intelligent Design + Communications, say that they’re all about “apps that solve problems, fill needs, stimulates, entertains, and engages.” This app is a great example of technology being used to help people.
Details: Available on iOS. Cost: $0.99.

For all 13 recommendations on social apps, go to Greatist.com.

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