Get happy with Mindapples
Make loving your mind part of your everyday health and wellbeing routine
Everyone knows an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but have you ever heard of the wellbeing benefits of Mindapples? Well, there’s a movement spreading across the world encouraging people to embrace the Mindapple to make every day more positive and boost your mental health and wellbeing.
The idea is a very simple one. A Mindapple is a daily activity that helps lift your mood and beat stress.
Just like it’s suggested we eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, we are also being encouraged to carry out five Mindapples a day, from taking a walk in the park to reading a book or enjoying a bath, any simple pleasure that can be easily worked into your day.
The concept was started by Andy Gibbon in 2008 as an online campaign asking people to share the details of what they did on a daily basis to keep them feeling upbeat.
Many studies have shown that our outlook on life, and the activities we enjoy, can increase our wellbeing by
40 per cent and, over the past nine years, Andy’s idea has grown and grown.
You can now buy Mindapple wellbeing kits, which include apple-shaped cards to write out your five mood-boosting activities on. People are even holding special Mindapple ‘parties’ where you get together to share your mood boosting activities, then hang them up on a mindapple tree. To get you started, here are some suggestions for Mindapples you might like to try:
Do something totally absorbing for 30 minutes Do something silly Do something nice for someone else
Look at cat/puppy/cute baby pictures online
Call a friend for a chat
Go for a walk while listening to music
To find out more, including details of training courses, visit mindapples.org.
‘Embrace the Mindapple to make every day more positive’
Hang your suggestions on a Mindapple tree