Mini-Guide: Happy Not Perfect

LQ: 9.2


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 9.0

Happy Not Perfect
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Happy Not Perfect is a meditation app. It focuses on progress and practice, rather than perfection, through happiness workouts and daily doses. Happiness workouts are a multi-step, guided approach to reflect on life. It includes mood selection to identify how you are feeling that day. There are also things like identifying why you feel a certain way, deep breathing and guided meditations, and activities like sending encouraging quotes to friends or drawing your perfect day. The daily dose is a short audio message to give encouragement and a new perspective on common issues.

The ESRB rated Happy Not Perfect E10+ for mild or infrequent crude humor. LW4K stands by this rating. This app offers some great things and we did not come across any of the crude humor mentioned in the rating, but it is a bit more in-depth than younger users may be willing to participate in. There are monthly and yearly subscriptions available for purchase; they provide unlimited access to all aspects of the app.

Happy Not Perfect helps kids practice and improve the following skills:


Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.

This app has a variety of different ways to work on focus. During the breathing step of the happiness workout, the app asks the user to focus on their breathing and their body. There is a game where the user must tilt their device to move a ball through a maze. Even guided meditations and daily doses require the user to focus on the voice guiding them. In every case, the app gives the player practice ignoring external and internal distractions to focus on short-term activities.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Happy Not Perfect asks the user to think about both their feelings and their bodies. Selecting an emotion off a provided list helps the user practice naming their emotions. When the user has to then identify why they are feeling that way, they can start to learn how to address that feeling in their every day life.

Other activities, such as belly breathing or rubbing our hands together (in a guided meditation), help the user become aware of actual physical sensations in their bodies. This will help them learn to identify how all emotions feel and how to bring themselves back to center.

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