Who it’s for: People willing to pay for a major lifestyle improvement
iOS: Free (in-app purchases)
Android: Free (in-app purchases)
Headspace calls itself “a gym membership for the mind,” focusing on the scientifically validated benefits of meditation in order to lure skeptics who might write mindfulness off as spiritual stupidity. The free download offers enough features to get you interested, but to unlock the full potential of the app, you’ve gotta shell out cash for one of the subscription options, which will grant you access to hundreds of exercises geared towards various goals and lifestyles.
That said, if you’re serious about getting in mental shape, it could be money well spent; Headspace’s creator, ordained monk Andy Puddicombe, spent a decade living among master meditators, so he knows his stuff. Check out one of his TED Talks if you're not convinced.
And Emma Watson deemed Headspace “kind of genius,” which should be all that anyone needs to jump on the bandwagon.
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Joe Oliveto is a writer for Thrillist. Getting into meditation was the smartest thing he ever did, forgetting to do it every day feels like the dumbest. Follow him on Twitter.