Is the ‘Quantified Self’ Really the Best Path to Well-Being?

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New Habit app encourages self-reflection instead of self-tracking.

Most health-and-fitness apps focus on incessantly measuring our daily activities, such as our calorie intake, fitness exercises, and sleep patterns. And, yet only 9 percent of Americans felt they achieved their 2017 New Year’s resolutions (*1). Which leads to the question: Is self-tracking, also called the “quantified self” — really a good strategy to improve our well-being?

New Habit is a new app that takes a different approach. It’s a life-coaching app that empowers people by encouraging self-reflection. Instead of offering readymade answers or goals, New Habit helps people take charge of their health by reflecting on their own lives. It offers programs designed to help you enjoy the present moment, feel the love and reinvent yourself. It also offers nuggets of wisdom from Experience Life, the award-winning whole-life health and fitness magazine.

The holistic approach was developed by a team of life coaches who believe that health and fitness techniques can do little without proper motivation and a clear understanding of the way we think. The New Habit app takes the form of a quiz where people read inspiring quotations, answer insightful questions and get instant feedback, thanks to A.I. technology. It is the latest version of a series of prototypes developed with the aim of making us think about what motivates us, with 60% of users saying New Habit was helpful for them (*2).

Laura Fogelberg, Marketing Manager at Experience Life, says: “We believe that motivation and self-knowledge are essential for building healthy new habits. That’s a vital story that doesn’t get told often enough in many fitness magazines or apps.”

Amy Westin, Career & Life Coach, says “Life coaching is not about giving you answers, it’s about asking the right questions, and getting very real about the answers. I see so many apps encouraging people to log their sleep and track their steps. While this is helpful at moving you toward more metric based goals, New Habit helps to keep you awake in your thinking and connected to how you’re actually feeling. Less doing, more being.”

References

(*1) Statistic Brain Research Institute - January 2017.
(*2) Based on New Habit users having completed a life coaching program (23rd June - 29th August 2017).

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