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Smiling Mind Review

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4.67 / 5.00

Overall Score: 14/15

Consumer Ratings: 2/2
Clarity of Purpose: 2/2
Mechanism of Action: 1/1
Software Updates: 1/2
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 1/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 1/1
Research Independence and Review: 2/2
Research Base: 3/3

Rating Date: June 2023

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User Experince

User Experience

4.84 / 5.00

Engagement: 4.75 Functionality: 4.94 Aesthetics: 4.92 Information: 4.75 Subjective quality score: 4.38 Perceived impact score: 4.33 Rating date: March 2020 Rated by: University of Queensland

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Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes

Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes

Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell

Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes

Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell

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Professional Reviews

Professional Review

Not Yet Available

Smiling Mind is an app that offers guided training in mindfulness meditation with the aim to help users achieve better mental health and balance. After users download the app, they are asked to fill out a few questions that will help the app cater to their interests and needs (e.g. better sleep, improve relationships). With programs targeted to users in different age groups (7-9; 10-12; 13-15; 16-18; and Adults), Smiling Mind provides an assortment of directed practice sessions that teach the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation. Each program can range from 1 to 21 modules with 2 to 20 sessions within. Each session lasts anywhere from 1-10 minutes and can be completed at any time.

Technical Details

Available for Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android 5.0 and up
Type of Treatment: Gratitude, Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Sleep, Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play, Web

Research on this App

Flett and colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial study (N = 208) where participants ages 18-49 years old were randomly assigned to use three groups. One group used Headspace, another used Smiling Mind, and the control group used Evernote. Participants were then asked to use their app for at least 10 minutes each day for 10 straight days. In addition, after the 10-day treatment period ended, they were able to use the app at their discretion, if at all. Those who used the mindfulness apps showed improvements in symptoms of depression, greater adjustment to college, and Smiling Mind users also showed increases in resilience compared to the control group conditions who used Evernote. Those who continued to use the app after the 10-day treatment period had a greater likelihood of maintaining better overall mental health for the next 30 days. (Flett, J. A. M., Hayne, H., Riordan, B. C., Thompson, L. K., & Conner, T. (2019),

Lanz and colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial study (N = 105) aimed to understand the effectiveness of using a mobile application on burnout and mood. Participants, who were working adults in the United States, were randomly assigned to one of two groups for a 8-week period. The first group was a wait-list control group and the treatment group used Smiling Mind five times a week for at least 10 minutes. After taking questionnaires both pre- and post-intervention, results showed that individuals in the intervention group had significantly decreased levels of burnout with no significant changes to mood. (Lanz, J. J., Friston, K., Hoffert, K., & Carrillo, K. C. (2019).

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One Mind Psyberguide Update
Thank you for your interest in One Mind PsyberGuide. Due to a loss of funding, we are no longer updating or maintaining the One Mind PsyberGuide website. Reviews have been updated as of the last date indicated on each review. Other activities at One Mind PsyberGuide stopped in June 2023. We hope this website can still serve as a resource for those interested in using technology to support people and their mental health. We thank everyone for their support of One Mind PsyberGuide over the years.