MoodPanda - Official Blog

Oct 14

We’re testing a few new features!

As the winter nights draw in, we’re going to release some new features. We’ve rolled out 2 major updates into testing across the iPhone and Android Apps in the past week which you may have already noticed

  1. Sparklines
    On each mood post, you will see a micro-graph showing your recent ups and downs, so you can quickly see if someone’s mood is in flux e.g. they’ve just dropped from 10 to 6

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  2. Link preview 
    Any link posted as part of a mood rating will show a preview on the Mood Feed

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We are working on more features, but for now, enjoy these new features! Whilst we roll them out, they may be disabled for some users occasionally - but bear with it!

Happy 14th October!

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

Sep 23

MoodPanda to be featured in Psychopathology textbook

Exciting news! MoodPanda is going to be featured in the 2nd edition of “Psychopathology: Research, Assessment and Treatment in Clinical Psychology" by Graham Davey, to be published Summer 2014!

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[This is the cover of the 1st edition]

Psychopathology is a comprehensive introductory textbook covering all facets of psychopathology and clinical practice for students at all levels supplemented by a wide range of features to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

Aug 18

Pete in Psychiatric Hospital [Part 1]

Started watching this this morning, interesting to get the real perspective of someone inside a psychiatric hospital. 

Little friendly warning that some of the issues he may end up talking about could be triggering or hard to hear, I haven’t watched the entire series :-)

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

Jul 22

How to Keep Anxiety in Check When You’re at the Office

Lifehacker posted a great post about anxiety at work, and after a difficult day in the office last week I thought I’d repost it here.

What do you think? Do you have tips for dealing with anxiety in the office? Post a comment below

How to Keep Anxiety in Check When You’re at the Office

I had my first panic attack at 19. It was in the middle of a presentation for my internship. As I stood in front of a panel of the company’s executives and all my fellow interns, something happened. I started to get lightheaded as I felt all their eyes on me, I started to shake and I froze. I was no longer the confident breezy person I often am. I was terrified.

I could hear my best friend in the program quietly whispering, “breathe.” I managed to make it through the presentation, although I was absolutely positive I was going to pass out. I didn’t. After it was over, I went into the bathroom and cried. This can be the standard panic scenario for anyone who deals with anxiety on a regular basis. My second attack arrived with my grandmother, the third with a boy I had a crush on.

Seven years later I know my trigger scenarios, what makes me anxious, and some coping mechanisms. This doesn’t make the anxiety beast—like a shadow, behind you but always attached—any easier. And it can be especially debilitating in a professional scenario.

Anxiety in the workplace is a bitch. And the more you try to suppress it, the worse it can get. It is estimated that about 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, suffers from some form of anxiety disorder. Trying to explain a panic attack to someone for whom anxiety is not an issue is like speaking in a foreign language. You really think your world is caving in. You’re going to have a heart attack. And no matter how many times it happens, it still feels like the world is falling out from your butt every. Single. Time. Writing this, in fact, is making me a bit queasy.

So what are you supposed to do when it drifts into your work life and career? I’m lucky in that when I started my own company I had to pitch myself and my services constantly. I still do—about three times a day. Doing the things that scare you more often makes them less scary.

Tell People Around You

There are a lot of theories about how to handle anxiety. For me, sometimes it helps to let the people around you know you’re nervous or anxious. If you don’t want to say it in so many words, say you’re feeling like you need some support around a particular meeting. More people have anxiety than you realize, and sometimes you need support.

Eat Something

Panic also can be mimicked by too much caffeine and not enough food. Hypoglycemia is the same feeling as panic. Make sure it’s not both.

Know Your Triggers

When I spoke to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, she mentioned that speaking is a common anxiety for more introverted people (and just most people in general) because it’s not a natural practice. I signed up forToastmasters and I look forward to shaking in front of a group of strangers who probably feel the same.

It’s Less Obvious Than You Think

While you might feel like your world is caving in, people can’t really tell. So much anxiety stems from what others think. I was afraid I’d seem weak, or heaven forbid, not as composed as I’d like.

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

I didn’t. It depends on what works for you—therapy, medication, doing it enough times that it becomes less scary and the puke feeling goes away. Your anxiety, at work or otherwise, can become a smaller shadow as you step away from the bright light of fear.

But remember, our shadows are us, and we must learn to live with ourselves—happily, productively, and without worrying about what others might think.
- Lifehacker

What do you think? Do you have tips for dealing with anxiety in the office? Post a comment below

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

Jul 18

MoodPanda delivers happiness report to Channel 4 News

Today, in our quickest turnaround ever, we delivered a bespoke happiness report to ITN for Channel 4 News [uk] in just a few hours, for an article on how the heatwave we’re experiencing here in the UK has affected our happiness

You can read the article using our analysis at 
http://www.channel4.com/news/heatwave-hot-why-sun-happy-reasons

If you are looking for bespoke global happiness reports for press, research or analysis, contact us chiefpanda@moodpanda.com

Thanks! And enjoy this sunshine!

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com


May 10

Supporter Love!

Happy Friday everyone!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all of our supporters. 

There’s 50 MoodyPandas in the supporters team now! That’s a very small team of people, each of whom have donated to help MoodPanda grow, develop and be there for our lovely community of so many people!

By supporting our costs, each of our 50 supporters has helped me and Ross keep MoodPanda ad-free, charge-free, and the best Quantified-Self Mood Tracking community around!

Here’s an interesting stat for you - on average, our supporters are 9% happier than everyone else! I’m not saying joining the supporters team makes you happier, but it’s an interesting stat all the same ;-)

Thanks again, to you all! Have a happy weekend!!

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

May 08

MoodPanda is in a comic!

We are STOKED to be included in the latest page of the amazing Worry Wart comic! (Happiness 10)

If you haven’t already read Worry Wart (An Anxiety Comic) you should :-)

MoodPanda in a comic!!

May 02

Five Reasons why Community is Important.

Having a solid community of people who you can trust enough to be vulnerable and honest with is a foundational part of life.

Everyone needs people who encourage, listen to and cry with them. Community offers several valuable gifts that combine to improve our emotional state, relationships and quality of life.

Five Reasons why Community is Important.

1) Community gives courage: People who say just the right thing at just the right time give courage to pursue dreams, confront fears and live with less anxiety. A life free from fear is a life that can accomplish anything.

2) Community gives hope: In a painful, uncertain world the understanding and supportive nature of good, honest community can provide the hope necessary to press on and take chances – even in the midst of pain.

3) Community gives options: Life without community is lonely; it’s lacking in social events, intimate conversation and deep relationships. A strong network of people grants options for a night out, friend to call in a crisis and someone to share a funny story with.

4) Community gives constructive feedback: No one is perfect. The loving people in our lives know that better than anyone and can be a significant part of our individual growth and change. Listen carefully when people offer constructive feedback about your communication styles, decisions and relationships. They have your best interest at heart.

5) Community gives joy: The long and short of it is that community is fun.The shared memories, laughter and times spent with your closest circle of friends provide memories that truly last for a lifetime.

If you want to join the moodpanda community join here www.moodpanda.com.

or download the app.

May 01

We’re trending on the Android App Store!

Aww what a great week here at MoodPanda HQ. We’re on the front page of Android’s App Store. Fantastic!

Panda hugs to all our new members, you’re gonna love it here!

Apr 30

“The more you track your behaviours the more likely you are to create and commit to positive habits” —

Natali Morris, NBC’s Today Show

www.moodpanda.com

We were on NBC’s Today show! See the segment here

Wow what an exciting afternoon at MoodPanda HQ, with TV coverage across the USA on NBC’s Today Show!

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Watch our segment here: http://www.today.com/video/today/51716428#51716428

A warm panda hug to all our new users!! We hope you enjoy being part of our amazing community.

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www.moodpanda.com

Our Website is extremely busy right now, but

Sorry if there’s any temporary slow down on MoodPanda right now, we’re getting a massive amount of people joining, due to major TV coverage in the USA. 

You can get our iPhone/iPod App here

MoodPanda - Mood Diary & Mood Tracker - Jake Greenwood

and Android App here
Android app on Google Play

Once the website calms down again, it’ll be super fast as normal, this is just temporary,so download the App and give it a try!

Like our Facebook page,  or follow us on twitter to be kept up to date

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

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"I cannot imagine my life without MoodPanda. It has saved me." - Ace

"Your site is not only a life saver, it is also a real example of innovation based on human understanding and caring. " - Paul

"I love the panda community" - Marilyn

"MoodPanda has helped me through really tough times." - Emily

"I really would be lost with out it! You’ve help changed my life for the better! " - Serena

"You guys are doing something really great here. It really helped make a very sad time for me easier to deal with" - Rux

"I love that this site helps people to not feel so alone." - Michelle

"MoodPanda is a wonderful app that has helped me … and has given me support when I have needed it." - Chloe

"The community is full of amazing, supportive people" - Emily

"Everyone should know about the site" - Serena

Apr 26

Tracking moods can help new mums

Motherhood can be one of the most stressful and amazing times in a woman’s life. While becoming a mum for the first time can be overwhelming at times, tracking moods with MoodPanda can help new moms cope with the challenges of motherhood.

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Parents magazine outlines 5 common new-mom challenges that new moms often struggle with, including breast-feeding and self-image as a woman’s body undergoes changes after giving birth. Couples also have to renegotiate their relationships, as a baby upends routines and roles that may be hard to shift.

Jean Kunhardt, the co-author of “A Mother’s Circle: An Intimate Dialogue on Becoming a Mother,” says new moms should keep an eye out for the baby blues or post-partum depression:

"Childbirth comes with war wounds. Suddenly, you’ve got varicose veins, your hips are wider, and your hair is falling out — you may even be suffering from the baby blues."

While the baby blues are a natural result of hormone changes after pregnancy, some women suffer from post-partum depression. MoodPanda can help moms keep an eye out for signs of post-partum depression. Tracking moods can also help moms figure out when they need a helping hand. The free app allows users to select a mood with a mood diary to track happiness.

The question of whether or not to return to work also looms large for many new mums. Some stay-at-home moms may find the experience isolating after the hubbub of the workplace, while working moms may feel guilty for leaving their child in daycare. While everyone loves to give advice after a new baby, the best advice for new moms is to let go of being perfect. As long as your baby is happy and well-fed, it doesn’t matter as much if your home is messy or dishes are piling up in the sink!

Check out moodpanda today for and see how MoodPanda website and how our free app can help new moms find balance by tracking moods with our interactive mood diary.

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Apr 20

MoodPanda Press and Write-ups -

Quiet Saturday night? Have a read through some of the articles, press and blogs that have featured MoodPanda :-)

There’s a huge one to add at the end of this month - watch this space!

Posted by Jake, Co-Founder of MoodPanda.com

Hugs Increase Happiness!

Have you ever walked through the door after a hard day and heard your friend or loved one say, “It looks like you could use a hug!”  The truth is, most of us could use a hug, but too many of us aren’t giving or getting the hugs we need.  And we do, in fact, need them!

The benefits of hugging are felt by anyone who engages in the practice.  Those feelings of warmth, connection, and intimacy you feel when wrapped tightly in a bear hug don’t just come from the affection you feel for the other person.

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According to this article from the BBC, hugging prompts an increase in oxytocin, the brain chemical responsible for loving feelings.  And who doesn’t like loving feelings?  It also reports that while both men and women experience the increase after a hug, the surge in oxytocin may be of particular benefit to women’s cardiovascular health.  An article from USA Today reports that hugging lowers the production of the stress hormone cortisol, allowing serotonin and dopamine, brain chemicals related to mood elevation, to rise and shine.

When you’re hugging for happiness, nothing halfhearted will do.  You can’t do that move where your handshake goes into a one-armed hug with a hearty pat on the back.  In order to reap the benefits of hugging, make sure you’re hugging with both arms for at least twenty seconds.  And make sure you’re hugging frequently.  A psychologist named Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” 

So, whom should you hug?  The USA Today article says that the benefits of hugging are most strongly felt when hugging your significant other, but it’s also important to hug anybody who might seem upset or lonely to increase their feeling of connectedness.  Hugging babies decreases the risk of future social or emotional problems, and increases bonding.  While you should still hug your teenaged children, they’re probably getting their recommended dosage, as another article reported that hugging has become the standard form of greeting and goodbye in younger generations.  And don’t forget grandma or the elderly gentleman living next door!  The elderly more frequently suffer from feelings of isolation and loneliness, which hugging and physical contact are known to alleviate.

Now get out there and hug somebody!  And don’t forget to visit moodpanda.com to keep track of how your new dedication to hugging is affecting your mood!