Australia’s leading mental health app, Smiling Mind, has hit a major milestone with more than 1,000,000 downloads,and will today turn a new page with the launch of its first book.
Smiling Mind was founded by Jane Martino and James Tutton in 2012 with the goal of improving the mental health of young Australians, and offers tools to learn mindfulness meditation such as iPhone and Android apps free of charge.
“Discovering mindfulness and meditation has made such a huge positive impact to our own messy lives that we wanted everyone to have the chance to experience it,” says Jane.
“I discovered mindfulness after I had already faced some of life’s biggest challenges, and it helped me so much I couldn’t stop thinking about what things would have been like if I’d had such an amazing superpower in high school or at the start of my career.”
Jane and James are now taking Smiling Mind offline with a hardcover pocketbook offering the best tips and tricks on how to embrace mindfulness and manage anxiety and stress – even for people who might not think meditation is for them.
“This book is the perfect guide for anyone who thinks they’re too busy, or they’re too stressed, or they’re not the right kind of person, to take a moment to embrace mindfulness and put their worries into perspective,” says James.
“In high school I was too busy being a ratbag to sit and meditate. I was every mother’s worst nightmare – an encyclopedia of anti-social behavior. Through finding mindfulness as an adult, I have been able to engage with life with less stress, more care, empathy and an open heart.”
Smiling Mind: Mindfulness Made Easy (RRP $16.99), published by Hardie Grant, will be available from today in all major bookstores and online, with an audio and e-version also available.
Proceeds from sales of the book will help Smiling Mind continue to offer free mindfulness resources, deliver Smiling Mind’s in-school program to young Australians and achieve the vision of mindfulness meditation appearing on the Australian curriculum by 2020.
Smiling Mind is a not-for-profit organisation and has active presence in more than 10,000 Australian school classrooms and has partners including IBM, Cricket Australia, AFLPA, Inspire Foundation and the Young & Well Co-Operative Research Centre.