Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Apps We Love! Kindr App Makes You Want To Be A Better Person


Want to make the world a kinder place? There's an app for that.

Kindr is a technology company dedicated to making the world a Kindr place. Founded in 2013 at Stanford University, Kindr is turning social media inside out – creating a new model that emphasizes a focus on others rather than self. Stemming from a core belief in using technology for good, the company built an iPhone app that makes it fun and easy to give compliments to friends and family. 



Through a partnership with the Huffington Post, the Kindr app also provides a “Good News” feed featuring the inspiring acts of kindness that take place all over the world. By leveraging the power and ubiquity of mobile devices, Kindr encourages users to make a habit of being kind, creating a virtuous cycle of kindness that helps people live happier, more meaningful lives.


What Kindr Knows:

  • Kindness creates happiness: "People who engage in kind acts become happier over time. When you are kind to others, you feel good as a person -- more moral, optimistic, and positive.” – Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of California, Riverside.

  • Kindness builds goodwill: “Kindness can jumpstart a cascade of positive social consequences. Helping others leads people to like you, to appreciate you, to offer gratitude. It also may lead people to reciprocate in your times of need. Helping others can satisfy a basic human need for connecting with others, winning you smiles, thankfulness, and valued friendship.” - Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of California, Riverside.

  • Kindness gets easier with practice: “It’s kind of like weight training...we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” – Helen Weng, researcher, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

  • Kindness is contagious: A 2010 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed how positive behaviors can spread through social networks: “goodness spurs goodness; a single act can influence dozens more.” – James Fowler, University of California, San Diego and Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University. Check out other interesting Kindness facts here.

Kindr is available to download for free on itunes. Android version coming soon. 
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