I have friends who write what are called gratitude journals that are intended to bring happiness to one's life. Even Oprah has touted the practice. So I downloaded the Gratitude Journal app and my life, well, is about the same.
The first day, I recorded three of the five things I was thankful for when I got distracted by a phone call. The next thing I knew, my boyfriend was looking at my iPod Touch and snickering about my entry, “thankful for a long bath and shaved legs.” Ugh, how embarrassing.
Thankfully, the app comes with a password function, now activated, so the boyfriend will no longer be reading my journal entries. But I really needn't worry: after a few days of using Gratitude Journal, I didn't feel any happier and the app became too disappointing to use. That kind of made me unhappy.
The graphics are cartoonish, making me feel like a fifth-grader scribbling in a diary. And while I loved the option to receive inspirational quotes after a completed entry, the app stopped supplying them after my second day of journaling.
If you are keeping a written gratitude journal, this app is an environmentally friendly way of recording your thanks.
I'm just unhappy I spent 99 cents on it.