Healthy Minds Program

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About this app

• 2024 Pick: Best Meditation App by Healthline, The New York Times Wirecutter, Vogue, and Sports Illustrated

Well-being is a skill that can be learned. We’re here to guide you along the way.

Backed by four decades of research from world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson and the team at Healthy Minds Innovations & the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, the Healthy Minds Program trains your mind through meditation and podcast-style lessons to develop skills for gaining focus, reducing stress, and maintaining positive social connections.

Research with the Healthy Minds App showed that just 5 minutes a day of practice leads to a 28% reduction in stress, an 18% reduction in anxiety, a 24% reduction in depression, and a 13% increase in social connection.

Featuring our scientific Awareness, Connection, Insight, and Purpose, Well-being Framework, the Healthy Minds Program is a holistic, all-encompassing meditation app that offers the best of both guided meditations and opportunities to learn. You’ll learn simple skills to enhance personal well-being, build healthy relationships, and improve communication, performance, and creativity.


What makes us unique?

Developed from Science:
While many meditation apps can claim the scientific benefits of meditation, our practices are developed directly from neuroscientific research. You’ll also hear from the world’s foremost neuroscientists about neuroplasticity and how to train your mind.

Made for Busy Lives:
Our app features active meditation practices that fit into your busy lifestyle. Don’t have time to sit for 20 minutes? Put on an active practice and train your mind while you fold the laundry.

Guided by Measurement:
Thanks to our pioneering scientific research, the Healthy Minds Program offers the first mobile mental and emotional well-being assessments. Learn about your current level of well-being and contribute to cutting-edge research on the science of well-being. Our app also integrates with Apple Health to track your mindful minutes.

Goes Beyond Mindfulness:
Our guided path offers step-by-step instructions for becoming more present in the moment and developing a sense of purpose, meaning, and connection in life.

Driven by Mission and Supported by Donation:
The Healthy Minds Program is made possible by our donors, who support our vision of a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. Unlike other apps that require a subscription, the Healthy Minds Program is available by donation, driven by a mission to translate science into tools to cultivate and measure well-being.


Read the End User License Agreement and Terms of Use here:

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Updated on
Jun 21, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

6.27K reviews
Rachel Baxter
July 10, 2024
I've only been using this a few days, but so far I'm really impressed and am enjoying my user experience. I haven't been pushed to pay or had ads shoved at me, which has been a pleasant surprise (although there is an obvious spot for donations if you choose, it just doesn't pop onto the screen ever which I appreciate). The reader has a very pleasant voice as well, which makes me more excited to use the app.
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Jennifer Land
July 3, 2024
My absolute favorite meditation app. I've had it for years. I love that it is backed by science. I love being able to choose the speaker, the length of the mindfulness and meditation practices, as well as if it will be used while active or still. Versatile and totally free. I recommend it to everyone, including my massage and coaching clients.
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Nate E.
June 19, 2024
It's a simple and straightforward app. Looked at some of the other apps like calm and head space and I'm almost overwhelmed by how many options there are. Not great for a person that already feels like they've got a cluttered mind. It's amazing that this is free. Having the option to