The Top Six Apps for Self Development

In an increasingly digital age, just about everything can be done from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. This includes methods for self-growth and personal development that were previously only available through expensive therapies or classes. These days smartphones are useful for more activities than just Snapchats, selfies, and cute cat memes. We can use them to change our lives and to become the best versions of ourselves. Here are our picks for the top six apps for self development.

1. culture dude: cross-cultural relationships

Have you ever said something that offended someone without intending to? Or committed a cultural faux pas that left you feeling completely embarrassed? In an increasingly globalised world, cross-cultural competence is becoming more and more important. It would be great if we could all spend a few months immersed in a variety of different cultures, but that is probably not the most economic solution. Culture Dude, an app based out of Finland, allows you to increase your cultural competencies in a unique and engaging way through a variety of games.

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2. Endomondo: Fitness

This Copenhagen-based fitness app is making waves in the USA, and is one of our top picks for the best self-development apps on the market right now. Endomondo is a social fitness app that allows runners to track their running sessions and network with other like-minded fitness enthusiasts. With a more efficient exercise routine, you will have more time for the important things in life.

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3 Lifesum: Health

This Swedish health and fitness app (formerly known as ShapeUp Club) allows users to track the food they eat and their caloric intake. Features which set Lifesum apart from other health-focused apps include a bar code scanning function to easily read nutrition information, a database featuring over 200 exercises to help you burn calories, and the ability to integrate with third party fitness data. The app is fully integrated for iOS 8.

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4. duolingo: education

The acquisition of a second language, or a third for some people, can have numerous benefits on your life and self-esteem. Bilingualism is shown to boost your cognitive function, increase job prospects, and also to simply offer a sense of achievement. Duolingo is just the app to turn to for an engaging and fun way to learn a new language, whether you are a beginner or already have some knowledge. Bonus: this is one of the few language learning apps which offers Danish and Swedish as options. Surely Norwegian, Icelandic, and Finnish will be up there one day too.

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5. irunurun: life habits

Irunurun is a performance and accountability app which helps you track your habits and set daily goals. After all, we are what we repeatably do. Users prepare a short list of weekly actions that align to their goals. They weigh each action out of 100 total points and earn points toward a weekly score for each action they complete. The tag line of this app is “Actions speak louder than goals” which serves as a good reminder to us to make sure we are actually living mindfully, not just talking the talk. This app ensures you reach your full potential, with the main message being that YOU are the only person responsible for your wellbeing.

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6. gps for the soul: stress relief

We all use road maps when we drive long distances or are out exploring a city to keep us on track, but what about when we lose our way in life. GPS For the Soul might just be the app to help you get back on course. Created by Ariana Huffington of the Huffington Post, this app introduces stress reduction for the digital age. The app features a built-in sensor that is able to gauge your emotional state and monitor your stress levels. Depending on your needs, you can then chose from a myriad of stress-reducing exercises such as breathing techniques with Dr. Andrew Weil, or a  meditation session with Mirabai Bush.

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Maybe you’re already using one of these apps, or maybe you’ve been inspired to test one of them out for yourself. Regardless of what your view of self-development is, or what your needs are, there is an app for everything.

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Anna Guastello
29 Oct 2014

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