Shine brings its female-focused self-care app to Android

Shine, one of the many apps capitalizing on the growing self-care trend, has now brought to Android devices its app used by 3 million people. Originally launched as a simple messaging bot that doled out life advice and motivation, Shine has grown over the years to become a larger self-help platform aimed largely at the millennial crowd — and, in particular, millennial women.

As of Shine’s $ 5 million Series A round last April, the app’s user base was 70 percent female, and 88 percent were under the age of 35.

Since then, it has added another million to its then 2 million users. That growth came despite Shine having missed the mark at times, as with its failed life-coaching subscription product that never emerged from testing.

Today, Shine’s focus is on personal growth, motivational messaging and other self-improvement topics, which are delivered by way of text and audio. Through short-form audio, users can get help across a number of areas, including things like productivity, mindfulness, focus, stress and nervousnes, burn out, adoption, self-care for online dating, creativity, forgiveness, work frustrations and more.

The app also sends daily motivational texts based on research-backed materials that help users better understand the topic at hand. These are published in a more casual style — almost like it’s a friend chatting with you.

Shine now monetizes through a Premium subscription that offers expanded access to Shine’s audio talks and challenges, as well as additional features like offline listening and the ability to save favorite texts. This is either $4.50/ month if you pay the $ 53.99 annual fee at once, or $9.99 per month. That’s roughly in line with what some meditation apps charge — for instance, the top meditation app Calm is $59.99 per year. And it’s cheaper than Headspace, which is $ 95.88 annually, by comparison.

Shine had said last year that one of its plans for its Series A was to build out the Android experience, as nearly half its customers were accessing Shine on Android devices. In those cases they were utilize the texting service due to the lack of an official app.

On iOS, Shine is fairly popular in its category. It has jumped to become the No. 16″ Health& Fitness” app in the U.S. following the Christmas holiday — a time of year when people get serious about wellness and self-care. However, it’s only the No. 86 app on the” Health& Fitness” Top Grossing chart, which sets it far behind other wellness apps, including meditation apps like Calm, weight loss apps like Lose It! and workout apps like the No. 1 app, Sweat from Kayla Itsines.

Given the app stores’ larger transformation to subscriptions over paid downloads in recent years, it will be interesting to see how many apps the average consumer will actually pay for through the subscription model — and to what magnitude more niche apps like Shine will be sustainable in the long term, as a result.

Shine is a free download on Google Play.

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50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Words


1. Stop eating caffeine

Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they truly dont. Actually, weve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When were off it, we underperform and become incapable.

Isnt this absurd?

With healthy eating, sleeping, and workout, your body will naturally make far more and better energy than caffeine could ever offer. Devote it up and see what happens. You will probably get withdrawal headaches. But after a few days, youll feel amazing.

2. Pray or meditate morning, mid-day, and night

In a recent interview at the Genius Network mastermind event, Joe Polish asked Tony Robbins what he does to get focused. Do you meditate? What do you do? Joe asked.

I dont know that I meditate. I dont know that I want to meditate and think about nothing, Tony reacted, My goal is clarity.

Instead of full-on meditation, Tony has a morning routine that includes several breathing exercises and visualization techniques that get him to a state of clarity and focus. For me, I use prayer and ponder( my version of meditation) as the same vehicle.

Whatever your approach, the goal should be clarity and focus. What do you want to be about today?

What few things matter most during the next 24 hours?

Ive gotten the best results as my morning prayer and meditation are motivational; my afternoon prayer and meditation are strategic; and my evening prayer and meditation are evaluative and educational.

3. Read 1 volume per week

Ordinary people try entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learn. It is common for the worlds most successful people to read at least one volume per week. They are constantly learning.

I can easily get through one audiobook per week by just listening during my commute to school and while walking on campus. Taking even 15 -3 0 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive info changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.

Over a long enough period of time, you will have read hundreds of books. Youll be knowledgeable on several topics. Youll think and consider the world differently. Youll be allowed to induce more the linkages between different topics.

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4. Write in your journal 5 minutes per day

This habit will change your life. Your publication will 😛 TAGEND Clear your emotions serving as your personal therapist Detail your personal history Enhance your imagination Ingrain and enhance your learning Help you get lucidity on the future you want to create Accelerate your ability to manifest your goals Increase your gratitude Improve your writing skills Lots more Improve digestive efficiency Increase mental clarity Increase physical and psychological vigor Remove toxins Improve vision Give a general impression of well being Being a better planner Being holistically healthier as individuals Getting better sleep More optimistic, satisfied, and conscientious Increased memory Longer life Decreased inflammation Increased creativity Increased attention and concentrate Decreased fat and strengthened muscle mass with workout Lower stress Decreased dependence on stimulants like caffeine Lessened hazard of getting into accidents Decreased risk of depression Eat at least 40% of your breakfast calories as protein Do it with two or three whole eggs( each egg has about 6g protein) If you dont like eggs, utilize something like turkey bacon, organic pork bacon or sausage, or cottage cheese Or, you could always do a protein shake with water It boosts HDL( good) cholesterol and simultaneously blocks LDL( bad) cholesterol buildup It has special fats that help you burn more fat, have more energy, and maintain healthy weight It fights aging and keeps you seeming and feeling young It reduces fever and acts as an anti-inflammatory It is antibacterial and thus wards off possible maladies It improves memory and cognitive operate( even for people with Alzheimer’s) It can boost testosterone for both men and balance healthy hormones level for both men and women Help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases Guard against oxidative cellular injury from everyday cellular maintenance and exposure to chemicals and pollution. Faith is the starting point of all accumulation of riches! Faith is the basis of all miracles and mysteries that cannot be analyzed by the rules of science! Faith is the element that transforms the ordinary vibration of thought, created by the finite intellect of man, into the spiritual equivalent. Faith is the only agency through which the cosmic force-out of Infinite Intelligence can be harnessed and used. Faith is the element, the chemical which, when mixed with prayer, devotes one direct communications with Infinite Intelligence. $11.85 trillion in debt An increase of 1.4% from last year $918.5 billion in charge card debt $8.09 trillion in mortgages $1.19 trillion in student loans An strengthening of 5.9% from last year In a free-market economy, anyone can make as much money as they want. Your background, highest level of education, or IQ is irrelevant when it comes to earning fund. The bigger the problem you solve, the more fund you stimulate. Expect to build lots of money. Suppose BIG: $100,000, $500,000, or why not$ 1 million? What you focus on expands. If you believe in dearth, youll have little. If you believe there is unlimited abundance, youll attract abundance. When you create incredible value for others, you have the right to make as much money as you want. Youre not going to be discovered, saved, or built rich by someone else. If you want to be successful, you have to build it yourself. 71 percentage of bed makers consider themselves happy While 62 percentage of non-bed-makers are unhappy Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested Whereas non-bed-makers dislike their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired.

An Important Meditation For Anyone Who’s Too Hard On Themselves

You are a person, and being a person is hard. You want to do everything perfectly, but sometimes forces-out outside of your control become obstacles that prevent you from doing so.

Breathe. Remind yourself “that youre not” your achievements. The best way for you to move forward from critical thoughts and foggy impressions is by being nicer to yourself. If you turn those negative voices on the inside into positive ones, it’ll prove on the outside.

This is a reminder to have self-compassion. You are stronger than you think you are. Watch the video above from The School of Life and start practicing a compassion exert that’ll redirect the flow of any negative self-talk.

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