Top 10 Health & Happiness Apps for Your New Year


Health and Happiness Apps for Your New YearA brand new year is on its way and, with it, a chance to make a fresh start. Let your smartphone be your guide as you tackle everything from weight loss to meditation to straight up happiness. Here are the top 10 apps that just may help coax you towards your best year ever.

Today Habit Tracker: If there's any chance that you'll keep your New Year's resolutions, it might not be due to your amazing willpower. Making real changes requires making new habits. The Today Habit Tracker can help you stay motivated by tracking each new habit you're trying to develop.

Zero: Millions of Americans make fitness and weight loss goals in the New Year, but many don't succeed with diet and exercise. Why not try something different? This app will introduce you to intermittent fasting and circadian fasting styles, and help you get started.

My Fitness Pal: This all-in-one fitness and calorie tracker has been the top-rated fitness app for four years in a row. The app features a database of over 5 million foods, plus the ability to sync with recipes, scan barcodes, and help users balance their food intake with their activity level.

Couch to 5K: Is running a marathon on your lifetime bucket list? Get started with this running-focused fitness app, which promises to get you 5K ready in just nine weeks as long as you follow their suggestions.

Yoga Studio: For those who can't make it to a studio three days a week, Yoga Studio can help you keep your practice going. The app includes over 80 video lessons of different lengths, ready to go. You can even create your own "class" by combining your favorite poses into a unique playlist.

Happify: Learn to transform negative thinking and take charge of your own emotional health through the techniques offered by Happify, an app designed to help you deal with stress and worry.

Mood Meter: How are you feeling? Studies show that the ability to simply answer this question with an accurate emotion word contributes to emotional health and improves your ability to manage emotions. Developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the Mood Meter not only allows you to track your emotions throughout the day, but also helps you to increase your emotional vocabulary and learn healthy strategies for emotional regulation.

The Mindfulness App: There are lots of meditation apps out there, but, according to reviews, this is one of the best. With the free version you get a five-day introduction to mindfulness; access to guided meditations of various lengths; nature sounds, reminders and a dashboard with statistics. A premium subscription unlocks additional activities, offline access and more.

Qapital: Saving money doesn't have to be hard. Simply connect the Qapital app to your checking account, pick a goal and a rule, and watch your spare change add up fast. Then go buy something.

YNAB (You Need A Budget): This popular budgeting app will help you finally take charge of your finances. Learn how to use a budget the right way and stop living paycheck to paycheck.

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