A growing body of research reveals that practising mindfulness offers a number of benefits. With at least 700 mobile apps that claim to help you be more mindful, picking one isn't easy. A new study, however, sorted through hundreds of mindfulness apps and ranked them according to their features.
The researchers rated apps using the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS), which evaluates apps on functionality, look, information quality, engagement, and subjective quality. They found that only 4 per cent of the 700 apps actually provided mindfulness training and education. Most were timers, reminders or guided meditation apps. The best-rated apps are in the chart below.
The researchers also note that there is little evidence on how effective these apps are in developing mindfulness. Still, if you'd like to learn to be more mindful, anywhere and at any time, these are the mobile apps worth trying. You can read the full study below.
Review and Evaluation of Mindfulness-Based iPhone Apps [Journal of Medical Internet Research via Psychology Today]