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Text2Calm: "I like ___!"


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A pilot program to increase calm via daily affirmations.

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Text2Calm: "I like ___!"

  1. 1. Text2Calm: “I like ___!”<br />huyentran<br />stanford university<br />spring 2011<br />a pilot program to increase calm via daily affirmations<br />
  2. 2. The Problem: Negativity<br />Bias towards negatives<br />Constant criticism<br />Expectation & evaluation<br />Unattainable satisfaction<br />When we let negative thoughts take over, we often forget or completely overlook anything positive…<br />
  3. 3. The “I like __!” Solution<br />Stressor: over-focusing on negatives<br />Inspirations: <br />Jessica’s Daily Affirmation youTube video (<br />Candy Chang’s “Before I die…” Wall (<br />Behavior Goal: declare 1/day “I like ___!”<br />Idea: to get people to think about something positive once a day<br />
  4. 4. The Guinea Pigs: 3-day mini trials<br />Post-it, See it, Say it, Text it<br />3 participants<br />Initial setup required <br />Easy, effective<br />Text reminder<br />3 participants<br />Simplest, quickest response rate<br />Easy to text back immediately<br />Text & Write<br />2 participants<br />Difficult - disparity between receiving text response & finding pen/paper to write “I like __!”<br />
  5. 5. The Pilot Program<br />Recruited via e-mail + google form<br />13 participants<br />Setup: On a post it note write…<br /> “I like ___!”<br />Say it + text Huyen<br />@ (123) 456-7890<br />Place somewhere that is visible at least once a day<br />5 days<br />Follow up text sent at end of day if no response<br />
  6. 6. The Post-It Notes<br />allows easier individual scheduling<br />Where people put them:<br />~9/13 responses/day w/o text reminder<br />Some remembered even w/o post-it note<br />Some just forgot to send text response<br />
  7. 7. The Good<br />“Happy, optimistic about the day”<br />Saying the affirmation out loud “made it really real and concrete” and felt “more inclined to actually take a moment to feel genuine appreciation”<br />“It made me actually think about what I liked. I've been having some things on my mind lately, but this activity has helped to remind me of all the good things there are in life and how many things I have to be thankful for each and every day.”<br />“It made me smile”<br />“It made me kinda look at the bigger picture instead of focus on the things that aren't perfect…”<br />
  8. 8. The Bad<br />“more aware of the things I like, but felt too random to feel meaningful”<br />“Not that much better, but maybe happy for 5 seconds”<br />When distracted or too busy, “felt like I was scrounging up things to like”<br />
  9. 9. Room For Improvement<br />Make it easier<br />Keep the same affirmation<br />Narrow the topic <br />ex: “I like noun!” or “I like something about myself!”<br />Reminder of purpose<br />To encourage meaningful affirmations<br />Give participant feedback<br />Track progress<br />Rewarding task completion to motivate continuing<br />Ex: let participant see a list of affirmations made so far<br />
  10. 10. The Pilot Continues…<br />Asked participants to continue for 3 more days<br />Tried adding structure<br />Sent random text prompt with a specific topic<br />Day 1: Love the skin you’re in! What’s something that you like about yourself?<br />Day 2: Spread the love! Tell someone else something you like about them.<br />Day 3: It’s the weekend! What do you like to do in your free time?<br />More enthusiastic responses<br />More complicated to design<br />Strayed from simplifying behavior<br />
  11. 11. The End?<br />People did feel better, even if just for 5 seconds<br />I felt really happy just reading responses… saying them out loud must feel even better <br />For most people, program was positive<br />Moving forward, I want to design for the participants who didn’t feel as positive…<br />How can I trigger these people to take the daily affirmation more seriously and actually think about something meaningful + positive?<br />
  12. 12. Questions?<br />Huyen Tran<br />E-mail:<br />Twitter: @thehuyentran<br />Check out what my classmates are up to!<br />Blog:<br />Twitter: #CalmingTech<br />Want More Calming Tech?<br />