Bliss

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Clinical Aim(s)
Enhance Well-Being
Incorporated Strategies
CBT
Target Audience
Teens, Adults, Elders
Setting
Standalone, Supplement
Cost
Free
Language
English

Bliss is a mobile app aimed at enhancing happiness and well-being. The program’s main feature – derived from the principles of Positive Psychology – is a gratitude journal, offering eight exercises focused on different aspects aimed at “adopting a positive perspective on life” (e.g., “What are you grateful for? Describe one to three things that went well recently”). Each exercise includes a short explanation of its rationale and how it may be helpful. The program’s developers recommend daily use, and logs are saved for future reflection. Additional features include links to other resources related to Positive Psychology and a reminder to use the journal.

Expert Evaluation

   
Program Quality
3.1 out of 5
Source Credibility
Fair
Privacy Explanation
Not Transparent
Pros
Easy to follow content/ free
Cons
Lacks tunneling and motivational features


Summary

Bliss is an accessible gratitude exercise journal that can assist those who seek to incorporate Positive Psychology into their daily lives. As the program requires a reasonable amount of motivation to maintain continuous use, it might be more relevant for those who already try to incorporate gratitude exercises into their daily schedule. Bliss is simple and easy to follow, and delivers the principles of each exercise in a pleasant manner. Content is professional, clear, and concise. On the downside, the app lacks a certain amount of tunneling, as most exercises do not include recommendations on when or how often to do them. Furthermore, the program could use some motivational features in order to encourage continuous use at the right time.

Notes for Clinicians

Bliss can be added as a supplement to ongoing treatment in cases where the treatment incorporates or focuses on Positive Psychology. The app is mostly suitable for practicing the approach between therapy sessions, while the logs can be reviewed and discussed in session.

Evaluation date:
Monday, August 14, 2017

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