We tend to focus too much over what was and what will be. There is a saying , yesterday is history , tomorrow is a mystery , but TODAY is a GIFT , that is why it is called PRESENT.
Why not celebrate today and note down whatever happy moment we enjoyed today ?
We got our inspiration from reading this book called The Compound Effect. Researchers say negative emotions like fear and sadness trigger increased activity in a part of the brain linked to memories. Our brains are programmed for survival, not pleasantry. From an evolutionary perspective, we recall bad memories more easily and in greater detail than good ones, as this was beneficial to our ancestor’s survival. Remembering a family picnic won't help our ancestors survive, but remembering a bear attack will.
However, today's rules have changed. Focusing too much on bad memories and emotions generates a negative impact on our mental well-being and causes more harm than good.
In light of this, we would like to build an app to help users to focus on the positive things and blessings in today’s life.
Expected outcomes of using our app
- Everyone will have improved and positive relationships with friends, family, and significant others as everyone will be constantly remembers the positive moments they've shared together. People will be encouraged to give to give 100% in their relationships. As quoted from The Go Giver, "50-50 is a losing deal".
- Raises awareness about daily well being - if the user is unable to list 3 positive memories a day across multiple days, then the app would send thought provoking questions that would suggest seeking change and new habits.
- Improves marriage - couples will be constantly reminded of the memories they've shared together and why they fell in love in the first place.
- Family - bonds a family together even if members are away from each other.
- Elders - serves as a way to exercise their memory retrieval. Stretch features would include having an "elder mode" which only shows the title and image of a memory. Elders then have to recall what that memory was about. If the elders fail to recall a certain amount of memories, then a notification will be sent for elders to check for memory problems such as Alzheimers.
- People seeking self improvement - a key point in The Compound Effect is that huge rewards come from small, seemingly insignificant actions compounded over a period of time. By making the task of listing 3 positive events mandatory, it helps people develop consistent habits that leads to great results.
What it does
Users can write down 3 things that happened today that they’re thankful for, and also eureka moments, quotes and insights from the day. Once they’re done, they’re presented with a random day’s memories. If the user is unable to list 3 positive memories a day across multiple days, then the app would send thought provoking questions that would suggest seeking change and new habits.
Stretch goals: Have an "elder mode" which exercises the memory retrieval and potentially diagnose memory related problems like Alzheimers. Every night, the title and image is presented but the description is hidden. The elders have to type out a description of that day's events. If they are unable to recall that day's memories (or a particular number of memories), then their caretakers and health care providers are notified to potentially check for any memory related problems.
- Users can login/ register
- Users are notified to input 3 positive things happened today and upload photos
- Upon successful upload
- Users can view memories in the form of a timeline
- Health care provider is contacted if users are unable to come up with 3 positive things a day for more than a week or 2 weeks.
How we built it
Low fidelity wireframe using balsamiq
During the brainstorming phase, we laid out the features that we wanted and experimented with design - playing around with what fits on which page.
High fidelity wireframe using Figma
After finalizing the features and pages that we wanted, our designer used Figma to plan out what our application looks like.
React-native for front-end development
One of our developers created all of the presentational components, styling, and navigation while the other developer created the logic which stores and retrieves information into our Firebase.
Firebase + Google Cloud Platform for back-end development
Firebase is backed up by GCP's very secure storage and is used to store a user's login credentials, profile, preferences, settings, and memories (which includes title, image, and description).
Challenges we ran into
Time zone was a challenge, as we have 3 different time zones and some not all developers are awake at the same time. However, we are able to overcome this through effective communication and planning.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We have completed the UI Design (with stretch goals) and app development. We also finished *The Compound Effect" book.
What we learned
We learnt a lot about using react-native and firebase for mobile development. We also learned a lot from team members about personal development tips and advice, as well as recommended books as such The Compound Effect.
What's next for Positive Tide
Have an "elder mode" which exercises the memory retrieval and potentially diagnose memory related problems like Alzheimers. Every night, the title and image is presented but the description is hidden. The elders have to type out a description of that day's events. If they are unable to recall that day's memories (or a particular number of memories), then their caretakers and health care providers are notified to potentially check for any memory related problems.