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 ?

Inspiration

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.

Studies have shown that recalling positive memories and happy life experiences during adolescence may help teens fortify their resilience and reduce the risk of depression later in life.

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.

Features

  • 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

Elderly-focus

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.

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